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Talking to families in East London: a report on the first stage of the research

Mumford, Katharine (2001) Talking to families in East London: a report on the first stage of the research. CASEreports (9). Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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To understand fully the dynamics of low income neighbourhoods, we need to understand the way in which individual families perceive and experience such areas. In what ways do low income areas affect or constrain families living in them? How do families cope with area problems? What factors do they see as helpful and what factors as harmful? How do their lives actually develop in the face of the constraints? The Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) is undertaking a qualitative, longitudinal study of families with children under 18. Our study is innovative in that it seeks to understand area change from the perspective of families. We aim to understand how the area where people live affects their lives, and thus more about the processes by which areas recover, stagnate or decline, getting ‘under the skin’ of the interaction between area change and family experience. We aim to link qualitative information on the lives and perspectives of families with small area trajectories and the experience of the wider region. The first round of interviews with 100 families in two East London neighbourhoods has unearthed new information on problems and strengths in these low income areas, families’ coping strategies, area change, and exclusionary and inclusionary forces. In this initial report, I describe the method followed, the characteristics of the areas and the families involved, and discuss important issues emerging from the interviews so far. Readers may wish to skip the detailed method chapter: it is included as it forms an important part of the documentation of this initial stage. Families, where willing, will be interviewed at six to nine monthly intervals. The second round of interviews is expected to add greatly to the information gathered so far. This report outlines our findings from the first interviews. In our next report we will build on this and draw policy conclusions.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2001 The author
Divisions: STICERD
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 10:09
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 23:15

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