Behavioural responses to neighbourhood reputations

M Permentier, Maarten Van Ham, G Bolt

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    Most research on the effect of neighbourhood reputations focuses on the influence on attitudes and behaviour of non-residents. Much less attention is paid to the possible effects of a poor neighbourhood reputation on behaviour of residents. In order to get a better understanding of the effect of neighbourhoods on its residents (the so-called neighbourhood effects) and the role of neighbourhoods in the urban housing market, it is necessary to fill this gap. The aim of this paper is to review the literature on the reputation of places and to give an overview of possible behavioural responses of residents to negative neighbourhood reputations. The paper develops a model of behavioural responses of residents based on Hirschman’s ‘Exit, Voice and Loyalty’ framework. Three basic responses are central to the discussion of the literature: leaving the neighbourhood, attempting to improve the neighbourhood through neighbourhood participation, and (dis)investing in social contacts within the neighbourhood.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)199-213
    JournalJournal of Housing and the Built Environment
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2007


    • Neighbourhoods
    • Reputations
    • Residents
    • Behavioural responses
    • Residential mobility
    • Neighbourhood participation
    • Social contacts


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