Living through change in challenging neighbourhoods

Ian Cole et al.

People's perceptions and experiences of living in lower-income neighbourhoods, focusing on themes from interviews with residents in Anglesey, Blackburn, Edinburgh, Knowsley, Grimsby and West London.

This paper brings together six summaries focusing on key themes from interviews with residents in six lower-income neighbourhoods in Anglesey, Blackburn, Edinburgh, Knowsley, Grimsby and West London.

The summaries focus on the following themes:

  • the relationship between work, place and identity;
  • concepts of self-esteem and comparative poverty;
  • patterns of residential mobility and immobility;
  • the 'time-space biographies' of residents' daily lives;
  • the relationship between neighbourhood infrastructure and social interaction;
  • family, friends and neighbours' roles in social and support relationships;
  • differential experiences of 'social mix'; and
  • perceptions of neighbourhood change.
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