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Participation and community on Bradford’s traditionally white estates

Jenny Pearce and Elisabeth-Jane Milne

30 July 2010

How residents on two traditionally white estates understand their communities and participate within them, with the emphasis on residents' own views.

The research focused on two estates which have become socially fragmented internally, and stigmatised by wider society. 

The study reveals:

  • the active role many residents play in improving their estates, and the pressures they face as a result;
  • the value of working with local residents to create solutions; 
  • tensions where people feel abandoned and seen as the 'lowest of the low'; 
  • frustrations about public consultations; and
  • urgent concerns about inadequate opportunities for young people.

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