"Challenging the Rhetoric of Stigmatization"

An interesting article posted on the Carnegie Community Action Project blog.

In “Challenging the rhetoric of stigmatization: the benefits of concentrated poverty in Toronto’s Regent Park”, Martine August shows that there are many benefits and advantages for low-income residents living in areas of “concentrated poverty.” Like the low-income people in the DTES told CCAP during our “Vision for Change” workshops, residents of Regent Park reported poor quality housing, maintenance issues and stigmatization. But they also talked about Regent Park as a “convenient, service-­rich, well-­located neighborhood with a strong sense of community and abundance of friendship and supportive social ties.”

Martine August explains that stigma is used to justify the state-led gentrification that displaces poor, and often racialized, people from their community.