Territorial stigmatisation and the negotiation of place: Tainted locations in Danish television documentary

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Abstrakt

The article addresses the negotiated meaning of notorious places through a consideration of a recent tendency in Danish TV documentaries where marginalized, often peripheral, places are portrayed and debated. Based partly on sociological research about territorial stigmatisation, partly on location studies as a method, the article stresses that inhabitants often contest and contradict the mediated stigmatization of their towns from an ambivalent position. On the one hand, participants in the programs are aware of the stigmatizing gaze of others, but on the other they also express a degree of local pride. The ambivalence of place meaning established through TV representation and the participants’ attitude towards their ‘real’ places reflect a mediated doubling of place, where the inhabitants are in "the event-as-broadcast" and in "the event in-situ" simultaneously. As a result, such ‘tainted locations’ may be contested directly from within documentary representation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftAkademisk Kvarter
Vol/bind17
Sider (fra-til)10-22
Antal sider13
ISSN1904-0008
StatusUdgivet - 3 okt. 2018

Emneord

  • Territorial stigmatisation
  • negotiation of place
  • TV documentary
  • tainted locations
  • contesting representation

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