Public housing estates are disappearing from London’s skyline in the name of regeneration, but what impact is state-led gentrification having on London’s marginalised communities?
Watt provides a vivid interdisciplinary account of estate regeneration in London in relation to key housing and urban policy debates, using original interviews from residents in some of the capital’s most deprived areas to show the dramatic ways that regeneration is fuelling socio-spatial inequalities. Foregrounding resident experiences and perspectives throughout multiple stages of the regeneration process, he examines themes of belonging, place-attachment, community and home amidst the decline of London’s council housing estates and increasing polarisation between the have-nots and have-lots.
"A monumental and humane book that puts people, places and communities at the heart of its indictment of estate regeneration in London." Andrew Wallace, University of Leeds
“An outstanding and lucid sociological analysis of the changes wrought on London’s public housing communities. Paul Watt not only unearths the realities of housing regeneration but also advances a compelling critique of government policy-making.” Keith Jacobs, University of Tasmania.
“Paul Watt is a leading analyst of housing policy and politics. He draws on this experience to make sense of a pervasive and troubling housing policy that is reshaping urban space and urban lives in London and beyond.” David Madden, London School of Economics
Paul Watt is a Professor of Urban Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London.
Part One ~ Policy, Context and Methods
The Rise and Fall of Public Housing
Research Methods and Context
Part Two ~ Estates Pre-Regeneration
Marginalisation and Housing
Part Three ~ Estates and the Regeneration Process
New Places, New Inequalities