This moving book about the lives of families in London's East End gives important new insights into neighbourhood relations (including race relations), through the eyes of the local community. What hope is there of change?
Using an up-to-date account of life in East London, the authors illustrate how cities faced with neighbourhoods in decline are changing.
· gives a bird's eye view of neighbourhood problems and assets;
· provides policy recommendations based on real life experiences;
· tackles topical issues such as race relations, mothers and work, urban revival and social disorder through the eyes of families;
· is authored by leading experts in community studies.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students in social policy, sociology, anthropology, urban studies, child development, geography, housing and public administration should all read this book. Policy makers in national and local government, practitioners and community workers in towns and cities and general readers interested in the life and history of urban neighbourhoods will also find this book an invaluable source of information.
"... should be read by those involved in local government policy and practice, in particular by those dealing with housing policy, housing allocation and urban regeneration... excellent." Runnymede's quarterly bulletin
"... a useful resource for students and others wishing a comprehensive overview of the issues facing communities and the many aspects of family life that are influenced by neighbourhood environments and interactions." Housing Studies
"... provides a fascinating insight into how families survive in the East End of London." Urban Studies
"... a rare portrait of family management and coping strategies in
troubled neighbourhoods." Professor William Julius Wilson, Director,
Joblessness and Urban Poverty Research Programme, John F. Kennedy
School of Government, Harvard University
"A worthy addition to the rich tradition of East End sociological
studies." Professor Sir Peter Hall, Bartlett School of Planning, UCL and Director
of the Institute of Community Studies
Katharine Mumford, until recently, was a Research Officer at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Anne Power is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was awarded a CBE in June 2000 for services to regeneration and resident participation.
Contents: Getting the inside view; Investigating neighbourhood life;
Part 1: Community and race relations; Community spirit; Race and community relations in changing multi-ethnic neighbourhoods;
Part 2: Mothers in work or at home?; Families and work: mothers in paid work; Families and work: mothers at home;
Part 3: Neighbouring conditions - the threat of breakdown; Managing neighbourhood conditions and services; Parks and open spaces; Disorder in the neighbourhoods: families' experiences of crime, gangs, neighbour problems; vandalism, graffiti, drugs and 'rough' behaviour;
Part 4: How change affects families; Changing places: the families and their neighbourhoods; Conclusions.