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City survivorsBringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods$
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Anne Power

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420503

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420503.001.0001

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Introduction – city survivors

Introduction – city survivors

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City survivors

Anne Power

Policy Press

This chapter describes the study of how families live in troubled city neighbourhoods in the North of England and East London. It notes that this book is based on yearly visits over seven years to 200 families in four highly disadvantaged city neighbourhoods in England, 100 in East London, and 100 in Northern- and outer-city areas. It notes that these families are struggling with much harsher neighbourhood conditions than most people can imagine and this directly affects the families' ability to cope. It further notes that twenty-four families from four low-income, unpopular neighbourhoods, six from each area, explain over time, from the inside, how neighbourhoods in and of themselves directly affect family survival. It explains that the book is organised around six main themes reflecting layers of local family life that emerged from difficult families's stories — the neighbourhood, the community, the family, parenting, ‘incomers’, and civic intervention.

Keywords:   city neighbourhoods, North of England, neighbourhood, community, family, parenting, incomers, civic intervention

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