On the edge of the new public places – city center rehabilitation and marginalisation in the downtown of Kaposvár, Hungary

Room F
Tuesday, 1 September 2015
08.30 – 10.15
downtown, homelessness, planning process, social exclusion

Urban renaissance in East-Central Europe brought about changes these days not only in the renewal of rundown physical environment (buildings, public spaces), but also in the life of residents. The members of the social class who are excluded from society have not been living under better conditions even after the rehabilitation of the city. The gentrification process which was typically controlled by the (local) state in the post-socialist area also led towards reproduction of social inequalities. The stigmatisation of the residents and the space of everyday life has put the locality in train and given a green light to gentrification and trendification. In the presentation we would like to introduce the results of the analysis we have done related to the rehabilitation of the downtown of Kaposvár and we also present the problems of the planning and practical implementation of the renewal process. We highlight the local practices that have led towards the release or towards the emergence of the stigmatisation and marginalisation and we focus on the exclusion of the homeless from the new public spaces. We used qualitative methods (interviews and content analysis) to answer our main question: why has the renewal of the historical downtown of the city involved additional marginalisation, exclusion of the stigmatized social class from the new public spaces?

Jambor Viktor
University of Szeged
jambor.viktor [at]
Katalin Vedrédi
University of Szeged
vedredikata [at]

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