Journal article

Social networks in a 'discredited' neighbourhood

DJ Warr

Journal of Sociology | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2005


Neighbourhoods are vulnerable to being stigmatized with implications for residents' social networks, experiences of social connectedness, and opportunities for developing or accessing social capital. Goffman defined stigma as a discrediting attribute that impairs social acceptability. Poverty can be considered a discrediting attribute and stigma is experienced through negative labelling and stereotyping of the poor. Using qualitative data collected through interviews and participant observation in two impoverished suburbs in Victoria, Australia, this article explores experiences of neighbourhood, social networks and stigma as they are perceived by residents and people working in the neighbou..

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