Territorial stigmatisation and the negotiation of place

Jørgen Riber Christensen, Kim Toft Hansen
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
more » ... ticipants 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.
doi:10.5278/ojs.ak.v0i17.2504 fatcat:vqomwx4euve6bjoi7dckgcps64