City survival within precarious communities – who pays the price of change?

Anne Power

in City survivors

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781847420503
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301875 | DOI:
City survival within precarious communities – who pays the price of change?

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This chapter explores the gap between what families need and how city structures support their inhabitants. It notes that in theory at least, city governments try to equalise conditions on the grounds of fairness and cohesion. It observes that low-income families in return provide many essential services to the city, as restaurant workers, drivers, school assistants, IT and childcare workers, cleaners, security assistants, and carers of every kind, all vital functions within the city. It explains that the four families in this chapter argue the overriding case for community-level involvement to shape interventions more closely to family survival. It further explains that external interventions are often insensitive to community networks and the informal supports they provide, whereas community-level activity values the normally uncounted benefits of families in city neighbourhoods.

Keywords: families; city governments; cohesion; low-income families; community-level involvement; external interventions

Chapter.  15053 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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