Housing Market Renewal: Evidence of Revanchism or a Response to ‘Passive Revanchism’ Supporting ‘Citizenship of Place’?

Peter Lee

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In England, housing market renewal (HMR) proved an urban policy cause celebre held to be representative of state-sponsored gentrification. This paper considers some critiques and explores the relocation experience of a group of residents in South Yorkshire, England during the implementation of HMR policies during 2005–2007. This paper argues that: (i) from the mid-1970s, ‘place-based citizenship’ and participation standards had been eroded and the introduction
of HMR was an antidote to state neglect; (ii) state failure in addressing ‘slow-burn’ shocks such as deindustrialisation and housing market restructuring can be viewed as a form of ‘passive revanchism’ and (iii) HMR can be viewed as a means of addressing deficits in participation standards that arise from differential experiences of place: the term ‘citizenship of place’ is therefore used to signal the call for a more nuanced account of policy interventions such as HMR in order to assess how complex processes of restructuring affect citizens across spatial and temporal scales.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1117-1132
Number of pages16
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Housing market renewal, gentrification, revanchism, passive revanchism, citizenship of place

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urban Studies
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration


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