Article

The Repoliticization of High-Rise Social Housing in the UK and the Classed Politics of Demolition

Citation

McCall V & Mooney G (2018) The Repoliticization of High-Rise Social Housing in the UK and the Classed Politics of Demolition. Built Environment, 43 (4), pp. 637-652. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/alex/benv/2018/00000043/00000004/art00012; https://doi.org/10.2148/benv.43.4.637

Abstract
This paper explores the politics behind high-rise housing and focuses on Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, as a case study to explore and understand the impact and consequences of sustained disinvestment in social housing. In recent decades there has been much investment on a global scale in high-rise living, while dominant narratives that surround the discussion of social housing in the UK has denigrated high-rise blocks and mobilized negative narratives about the tenants they house. Stigma and polarization often lead to what is seen as the only solution: demolition. However, the process of demolition is highly political, contextualized and highlights the classed nature of urban policy and of housing provision. This directly shapes the increasingly polarized landscapes of inequality which have become so pronounced in UK urban areas. The paper makes reference to the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London in 2017 and the case of the Red Roads flats demolition in Glasgow to highlight the wider issues within the politics of social housing, the impact and consequences of sustained disinvestment in social housing and the inequality experienced within the social and geographical landscape

Keywords
Social housing; Glasgow; high-rise; class; stigma; urban renewal

Journal
Built Environment: Volume 43, Issue 4

StatusPublished
Publication date31/12/2018
Publication date online01/12/2017
Date accepted by journal28/11/2017
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/26598
PublisherAlexandrine Press
Publisher URLhttp://www.ingentaconnect.com/…0000004/art00012
ISSN0263-7960