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Poverty Street

The dynamics of neighbourhood decline and renewal

By Ruth Lupton


26 Nov 2003

Page count

256 pages


CASE Studies on Poverty, Place and Policy




240 x 172 mm


Policy Press
Poverty Street

Poverty street addresses one of the UK's major social policy concerns: the gap between the poorest neighbourhoods and the rest of the country. It is an account of neighbourhood decline, a portrait of conditions in the most disadvantaged areas and an up-to-date analysis of the impact of the government's neighbourhood renewal policies.

The book:

· explores twelve of the most disadvantaged areas in England and Wales, from Newcastle in the north to Thanet in the south, providing the reader with a unique journey around the country's poverty map;

· combines evidence from neighbourhood statistics, photographs and the accounts of local people with analysis of broader social and economic trends;

· assesses the effect of government policies since 1997 and considers future prospects for reducing inequalities.

CASE Studies on Poverty, Place and Policy series

Series Editor: John Hills, Director of CASE at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Drawing on the findings of the ESRC Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion's extensive research programme into communities, poverty and family life in Britain, this fascinating series:

Provides a rich and detailed analysis of anti-poverty policy in action.

Focuses on the individual and social factors that promote regeneration, recovery and renewal.

For other titles in this series, please follow the series link from the main catalogue page.

"... a significant volume for researchers and policymakers. The text is clearly written, the arguments are compelling and one gets a clear sense of the key processes of transformation in disadvantaged areas." Environment and Planning B

"... an excellent summary of the issues, debates and dilemmas surrounding neighbourhood renewal and decline." Urban Studies

"... deserves to be widely read for its comprehensive and subtle treatment of neighbourhoods and neighbourhood policy. For the wider research project, it provides an immensely solid foundation on which to build." Housing Studies

"This book provides a fascinating account of how the socio-spatial divisions which characterised urban Britain at the turn of the 21st century are being produced, reinforced and, in some cases, mitigated both by rapid social and economic change and policy interventions." Journal of Housing Built Environ

"... a major contribution to our evidence base on urban regeneration. Lupton makes a powerful case for greater recognition of the differing contexts of deprived neighbourhoods and the extent to which these enable or constrain policy outcomes. It is to be hoped that policy makers both nationally and locally will think hard about what this book has to say." Professor Mike Geddes, The Local Government Centre, University of Warwick

Ruth Lupton is a Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Contents: Introduction; The 12 disadvantaged areas; Historical poverty and the roots of decline; The 1990s: decline and divergence; Management failure; Social interaction and neighbourhood stigma; Attempts at regeneration; New Labour and neighbourhood renewal; Making a difference?; Getting it together: new money and better partnerships; Drivers of change: population, housing and the economy; New solutions?; The end of Poverty Street?