Communities in the balance: The reality of social exclusion on housing estates

David Page

This study explores the reality of social exclusion on social housing estates from three different perspectives - residents most vulnerable to social exclusion; the wider estate communities; and frontline providers of public services.

The research:

  • investigates the attitudes, aspirations and values of socially excluded residents and their views on the most pressing contemporary social issues;
  • gives a voice to residents vulnerable to social exclusion on troubled estates and analyses their interaction with their estate, neighbourhood and wider community;
  • provides evidence of the critical importance of mainstream public services in tackling social exclusion. 

Communities in the balance provides a powerful and evocative account of the nature of social exclusion, in the words of those living with it. This account is set within a wider analysis of the social exclusion debate, and a consideration of the neighbourhood dimension to social exclusion.

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