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Children’s perspectives on social exclusion and resilience in disadvantaged urban communities

Malcolm Hill, Katrina Turner, Moira Walker, Anne Stafford and Peter Seaman

in Children, young people and social inclusion

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9781861346629
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301820 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346629.003.0003
Children’s perspectives on social exclusion and resilience in disadvantaged urban communities

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This chapter notes that the young people in the study all lived in disadvantaged areas, often in low-income households. On the whole, they were happy with the places they lived in, largely on account of the familiar adults and peers around them. The proximity and direct experience of violence was central to worries voiced by the majority of young people. This had major implications not only for their safety and exclusion from certain areas, associations and activities, but also for their long-term prospects. This entailed the use of individual or shared knowledge, for example, about which places to avoid or what times certain spaces were safe. Many parents favoured the use of formal leisure facilities and activities as a means of keeping their children safe as well as active and learning.

Keywords: social exclusion; children's resilience; low-income households; community violence

Chapter.  6457 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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