The end of Poverty Street?

Ruth Lupton

in Poverty Street

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9781861345356
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303039 | DOI:
The end of Poverty Street?

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This chapter reflects on the lessons learnt from the journey around the country's ‘poverty map’ and draws conclusions about its enduring ‘poverty gap’. The stories of these 12 areas and neighbourhoods demonstrate very clearly the structural origins of neighbourhood ‘degeneration’, but also the importance of space and place. What created and maintained Poverty Street was the lack of value of some areas in relation to broader societal structures. Shrinking networks made it easy for vulnerable people to become isolated in areas that others described as friendly and inclusive. Regeneration programmes brought more benefits than disbenefits. It is concluded, somewhat depressingly, that there is no ending to what has this book has called ‘Poverty Street’.

Keywords: Poverty Street; poverty map; poverty gap; neighbourhood; societal structures; regeneration programmes

Chapter.  7832 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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