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Introduction

Ruth Lupton

in Poverty Street

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9781861345356
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303039 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861345356.003.0001
Introduction

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The journey that led to this book began in April 1999, in Bridgefields, Blackburn, Lancashire. Bridgefields was not seen as a neighbourhood of choice for many people. Its residents faced the stigma attached to their address. This place was a story of decline almost since the birth of the estate in 1974, when it was the last public housing to be built in the town. The concentration of poverty had caused neighbourhood problems. The effect of poverty and the effect of place had become intertwined. The area-based programmes and New Labour's policies are described. This book particularly presents a view of the areas before the New Labour government's policies had begun to have an impact, and then again two years later, when changes had begun to be made. An overview of the chapters included in the book is given as well.

Keywords: Bridgefields; neighbourhood problems; poverty; area-based programmes; New Labour; government policies

Chapter.  6570 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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