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Disadvantaged by where you live?Neighbourhood governance in contemporary urban policy$
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Ian Smith, Eileen Lepine, and Marilyn Taylor

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348951

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348951.001.0001

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Theories of ‘neighbourhood’ in urban policy

Theories of ‘neighbourhood’ in urban policy

(p.21) Two Theories of ‘neighbourhood’ in urban policy
Disadvantaged by where you live?

Helen Sullivan

Marilyn Taylor

Policy Press

This chapter examines the different theories of ‘neighbourhood’ that have informed the development of public policy. It considers also the shift in academic focus over time from an emphasis on neighbourhoods as a set of physical entities to neighbourhood as socially constructed objects imbued with meaning by residents. It notes that the normative neighbourhood discourse in current UK policy (and especially in England) brings together a number of policy strands from civil renewal, community engagement, and consumerism, to democratisation and decentralisation. It fleshes out the policy world that has been outlined earlier and the challenges that it poses, reminding us that neighbourhoods are complex, multidimensional, and dynamic.

Keywords:   neighbourhood, public policy, residents, UK policy, civil renewal, community engagement, consumerism

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