Neighbouring in contemporary Britain: A think-piece for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Housing and Neighbourhoods Committee

Alessandra Buonfino and Paul Hilder

This think-piece reviews the way people interact with their neighbours in contemporary Britain and questions whether we still need good neighbouring relationships to improve our wellbeing and our happiness.

A review of the issues surrounding neighbouring and neighbourliness.

In recent decades increased mobility, longer life expectancy and the breakdown of the extended family have changed the way we live our lives, and the extent to which we are able to be ‘neighbourly’. This think-piece reviews the way people interact with their neighbours (neighbouring) in contemporary Britain and questions whether we still need good neighbouring relationships (neighbourliness) to improve our wellbeing and our happiness. It explores what we know about neighbouring and identifies issues for further research.

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