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Forced relocation in France / How Residential Trajectories affect Individual Experiences

Abstract : Abstract In France, an urban renewal programme was launched in 2003 with the aim of boosting social mix by diversifying housing in disadvantaged neighbourhoods known as ‘Sensitive Urban Zones’. Drawing on 121 qualitative interviews conducted in seven neighbourhoods in the Paris region, this article focuses on relocation processes triggered by the demolition of social housing. How are these socio-residential changes experienced by those actually being relocated? To answer this question, the paper shows how an analysis of long-term residential trajectories can highlight and nuance the experiences of relocatees. Three broad types of trajectories are defined as an analytical framework for a comprehensive approach of the meaning of relocation and opportunity held by households. It shows how forced relocation can either be a positive step in residential trajectories or merely an adaptation in terms of housing, whether or not the inhabitants actually stay in their neighbourhood or leave it.
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Christine Lelévrier. Forced relocation in France / How Residential Trajectories affect Individual Experiences. Housing Studies, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), 2013, 28 (2), pp.253-271. ⟨hal-01198669⟩



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