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London voices, London livesTales from a working capital$
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Peter Hall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349842

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349842.001.0001

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New Melting Pot

New Melting Pot


(p.15) Chapter Two New Melting Pot
London voices, London lives

Peter Hall

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the borough of Battersea, which is notorious for its gentrification. Battersea is an archetype of the inner London neighbourhood. It is mixed in every way and this is overcome by the emergence of young middle class. It is place marked by the symbol of a vanishing past due to the increase of high-rise towers and privatisation. It has become a haven for young people. Most of the interviewed people felt that the quality of their everyday social life was good. Many people thought they had good lifestyles and good incomes. While they generally felt susceptible to crime, many saw Battersea as an advantageous place to live due to transport links and the notion that the area is improving. However, not all the residents felt the same. Some felt shut away from social interaction, some felt some sense of poverty, and some, particularly the older residents, felt the new multi-ethnic neighbourhood to be a sign of decline in terms of social relations and local facilities. While others argued that diminishing social relations came from racism and discrimination, many believed that the real discrimination was due to class, determined by lifestyle and income.

Keywords:   Battersea, gentrification, inner London neighbourhood, young middle class, social interaction, multi-ethnic neighbourhood, racism, discrimination

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