Poverty Street

The Dynamics of Neighbourhood Decline and Renewal

Ruth Lupton

Poverty Street
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Ruth Lupton

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | © 2003
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781861345356 Published November 2003 For sale in North and South America only
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: ·[vbTab]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;·[vbTab]combines evidence from neighbourhood statistics, photographs and the accounts of local people with analysis of broader social and economic trends;·[vbTab]assesses the effect of government policies since 1997 and considers future prospects for reducing inequalities.CASE Studies on Poverty, Place and Policy seriesSeries 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.
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    A widespread and growing problem
    Ideology and policy
    Thirty years of area-based policy
    Enduring problems and enduring questions
1. The 12 disadvantaged areas
    The study and the areas
    Area characteristics
    Investigating area trajectories
2. Historical poverty and the roots of decline
    Long histories of concentrated poverty
    Decline 1971–91
    The poverty map and the poverty gap
3. The 1990s: decline and divergence
    Area fortunes pull apart: Southside and West-City
    Uneven economic recovery
    The nature of work
    Unemployment and worklessness
    Inequality, social change and social exclusion
    Population drain and unpopular housing
    Population growth and ethnic concentration
    Home to the most marginalized and vulnerable
    Continuing trends, new developments and diverging fortunes
4. Management failure
    Problems with public services
    Inadequate levels of service provision
    Operational problems and poorer quality
    The barrier of mistrust
5. Social interaction and neighbourhood stigma
    Neighbourhood society
    Strong but enclosed community
    Myriad networks
    ‘Community’ shrinking under pressure
    Network containment and neighbourhood stigma
6. Attempts at regeneration
    Histories of regeneration
    SRB and problems with regeneration policy
    SRB: inclusion through regeneration
    Lack of a strategic approach
    ‘Regeneration’ and realism: the need for a broader regeneration agenda
7. New Labour and neighbourhood renewal
    Two phases of policy
    Area-based programmes
    The National Strategy for Neighourhood Renewal
    Urban, regional and housing policy
    Tackling area deprivation in Wales
    Broader social exclusion policies
    Policy limitations
8. Making a difference?
    Back to Bridgefields
9. Getting it together: new money and better partnerships
    Signs of progress
    Services and facilities
    Resident involvement and resident frustration
    Better joined-up working
10. Drivers of change: population, housing and the economy
    Two faces of population change: Middle Row and Overtown
    Rising house prices and inner-city polarisation
    Low demand and neighbourhood decline
    Economic growth and economic divergence
11. New solutions?
    Avoiding concentrations of poverty
    Improving housing
    Mixing tenure
    Tackling worklessness and achieving economic inclusion
    The persistence of poverty and exclusion
12. The end of Poverty Street?
    Structural causes of decline
    The sharp end of social change
    Management failure
    Social interaction and neighbourhood stigma
    ‘Regeneration’: not up to the job
    A concerted response
    Economic growth and divergence
    Social exclusion and population change
    Established patterns of low-value housing
    Policy limitations and realistic futures

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