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Empowering the Unprivileged: The Case of Self-renovation in Disadvantaged Areas
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7211-9276
2011 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the 90’s; several European governments promoted the involvement of inhabitants as an important condition of success in urban regeneration projects. The dialogue with inhabitants was supposed to strengthen a collective movement in the neighbourhoods; to restore social and territorial cohesion and create a local identity among the residents of disadvantaged areas. However; a number of issues can be raised regarding this policy: the commitment of the inhabitants in the decision-making process is difficult to ascertain; especially throughout the whole duration of the project; and in relation to the management of the different stages of the project; it is not always easy to achieve consensus; etc. In particular; it is hard for the project managers to involve the most unprivileged groups; notably people suffering from a combination of social; legal and financial problems. The stake here is not simply their participation in a project; but more specifically their “empowerment”. In this framework; the methods of the French non-profit organization Les Compagnons Bâtisseurs are instructive. They provide micro solutions to people living in poor housing conditions through the conception and the implementation of a self-renovation process. The organization proposes technical and financial support so that the most disadvantaged groups can renovate their flats. However; the goal is not only to ameliorate the material living conditions; through the organization of workshops in the neighbourhood; the participation of the inhabitants in the renovation work; the coordination between the team of Compagnons Bâtisseurs and social workers; the social inclusion of the most unprivileged groups can be promoted.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2011. Vol. 062, 545-551 p., 058
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Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings, ISSN 1650-3686, E-ISSN 1650-3740 ; 62
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Empowerment, Self renovation in housing, unprivileged social groups
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143327ISBN: 978-91-7519-993-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143327DiVA: diva2:1162482
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved

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