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Community matters – survival and instincts in social animals

Anne Power

in City survivors

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781847420503
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301875 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420503.003.0003
Community matters – survival and instincts in social animals

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This chapter explores communities within neighbourhoods — the smaller-scale, more informal social links that make life more secure and less threatening for families. It observes that the four families in this chapter find some community support around them and they all believe that community spirit is vital for family survival. Four mothers are interviewed who have had terrible experiences — divorce, domestic violence, demolition, crime — that make them ask whether social conditions, council action, and cities themselves may combine to destroy a sense of community within neighbourhoods, thereby threatening the survival of families in cities. It observes that the London families seem to have a tougher time identifying with their community than their Northern counterparts, and one London family left the area during the course of the study.

Keywords: communities; social links; family survival; domestic violence; social conditions; London families

Chapter.  14147 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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