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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)




Public housing internationally is undergoing a transformation due to the implementation of mixed-income policies. Based on two years of research in Chicago and Sydney, this project aimed to understand how resident leaders experience this transformation and the strategies they used to contribute to placemaking in new communities. The research also investigated new methods of conducting community-based, participatory research that emphasized resident perspectives and inquiry. Findings show that resident leaders utilize negative narratives about public housing to make claims to new neighborhoods. The research also revealed that highly stigmatized, but demolished places continue to function in people’s lives through the process of territorial embodiment. Residents who experience territorial embodiment are unable to transcend the stigma associated with public housing and access full citizenship rights. Resident leaders attempt to negotiate these new circumstances, but lack the necessary power and relationships with new stakeholders to challenge the way mixed-income policies are being implemented.

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