Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | Empowering the Unprivileged: The Case of Self-renovation in Disadvantaged Areas

Title:
Empowering the Unprivileged: The Case of Self-renovation in Disadvantaged Areas
Author:
Christope Foultier: Linköping University, Sweden
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Year:
2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
058
Pages:
545-551
No. of pages:
7
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


In the 90‚Äôs; 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 ‚Äúempowerment‚ÄĚ. In this framework; the methods of the French non-profit organization Les Compagnons B√Ętisseurs 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 B√Ętisseurs and social workers; the social inclusion of the most unprivileged groups can be promoted.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Christope Foultier
Title:
Empowering the Unprivileged: The Case of Self-renovation in Disadvantaged Areas
References:

Foultier Christophe and Julien Remy (2007); ‚ÄúProspective evaluation of self-renovation projects implemented by the network Compagnons B√Ętisseurs in the field of housing‚ÄĚ; Recherche Sociale n¬į183; juillet-septembre.


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Scanlon Kathleen & Christine Whitehead (2007); Social Housing in Europe II; A review of policies and outcomes; London School of Economics and Political Science; London.

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Christope Foultier
Title:
Empowering the Unprivileged: The Case of Self-renovation in Disadvantaged Areas
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