Same neighbourhood ... different views? A confrontation of internal and external neighbourhood reputations

Matthieu Permentier, Maarten Van Ham, Gideon Bolt

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    Residents and non-residents are likely to think differently about a neighbourhood's reputation. Relatively little is known about the similarities and differences between these internal and external types of neighbourhood reputation or the relationship between reputations and 'real' or 'objective' neighbourhood characteristics. This paper addresses two points: first, the extent to which neighbourhood reputations differ between and within groups; second, the extent to which these neighbourhood reputations are associated with measured neighbourhood characteristics. Data from a specially designed survey carried out in 24 neighbourhoods in Utrecht, the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, are used. Analysis of the data showed that neighbourhood reputations are rated higher by residents and estate agents than by other city residents. Within the group of other city residents, differences were found in how neighbourhood reputations are rated by socio-economic status, ethnicity and educational background. Further, it was found that neighbourhood reputations are correlated with measured social characteristics of the neighbourhood, while physical and functional neighbourhood characteristics are of less importance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)833-855
    Number of pages23
    JournalHousing Studies
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2008


    • Neighbourhood reputations
    • Residents
    • Non-residents
    • Neighbourhood characteristics
    • The Netherlands
    • Residential preferences
    • Urban neighborhoods
    • Estate regeneration
    • Scaling approach
    • Housing estates
    • Social mix
    • Segregation
    • Policy
    • Stigma
    • City


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