The Open UniversitySkip to content
 

The feeling of participation: everyday spaces and urban change

Jupp, Eleanor (2008). The feeling of participation: everyday spaces and urban change. Geoforum, 39(1) pp. 331–343.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2007.07.007
Google Scholar: Look up in Google Scholar

Abstract

Initiatives around ‘public participation’ and ‘community involvement’ have become increasingly central to UK government policy programmes, particularly within interventions aimed at disadvantaged neighbourhoods. These initiatives have been the subject of extensive critical comment, essentially focusing on the ways in which power is often maintained by state agencies, whatever the surrounding rhetoric. This article attempts to consider what more productive forms of participation might feel like, through drawing on fieldwork with two small community groups on housing estates in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, to look at how and why they were able to generate successful participation in their activities. The importance of the small-scale interactions and feelings that made up their spaces of participation is explored. These can be characterised through ideas such as ‘feeling comfortable’, ‘feeling at home’, ‘helping out’ and ‘keeping going’, and involve everyday sociability and informal forms of volunteering. If government is serious about supporting political participation in such contexts it needs to consider how official projects might learn from these kinds of spaces.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2007 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 0016-7185
Keywords: participation; everyday spaces; empowerment; feelings; embodiment; community groups
Academic Unit/Department: Social Sciences > Geography
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 27417
Depositing User: Eleanor Jupp
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2011 16:38
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2011 16:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/27417
Share this page:

Altmetrics

Scopus Citations

Actions (login may be required)

View Item
Report issue / request change

Policies | Disclaimer

© The Open University   + 44 (0)870 333 4340   general-enquiries@open.ac.uk