Diversity, community and social interaction

Simon Evans

in Community and ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420718
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301905 | DOI:
Diversity, community and social interaction

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This chapter explores the extent to which a diverse population is supported in housing with care settings and examines the potential for social exclusion and isolation. Mixed tenure is explored as a scheme for encouraging diversity, as are features such as ‘pepperpotting’ and ‘tenure blind’ that have been employed in these settings. It identifies several challenges to supporting diversity, including a lack of clear information about the nature of such communities, tensions between residents from different socio-economic backgrounds, and a lack of tolerance of different styles. It examines the age-segregated nature of most housing and care environments and the implications of this for the concept of community. It identifies a range of other factors important to diversity such as the siting of community facilities, the availability of inclusive activities, and accessible design.

Keywords: diversity; community; social interaction; social exclusion; mixed tenure; socio-economic background; age segregation

Chapter.  7830 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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