In what sense a neighbourhood problem?

Stephen Syrett and David North

in Renewing neighbourhoods

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9781861348623
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303213 | DOI:
In what sense a neighbourhood problem?

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This chapter discusses the importance of uneven spatial development by considering the economic characteristics of deprived areas, the long-term socioeconomic processes that underpin the economic difficulties of deprived areas and their interaction with particular local circumstances to create the particularities of any given neighbourhood. A number of case studies are selected to examine the manner in which particular deprived neighbourhoods are rooted within a range of local economies situated within differing regional contexts. The chapter also considers wider economic processes of deindustrialisation, labour market change and the changing geographies of employment and enterprise, which provide the wider spatial context within which deprived neighbourhoods are situated. The chapter concludes by considering the policy implications that arise from an understanding of the economic problems of deprived neighbourhoods rooted within the interaction of wider processes of change and the particularities of individual places via a series of complex and mutually reinforcing socioeconomic processes.

Keywords: neighbourhood problem; socioeconomic process; deprived neighbourhood; deindustrialization; labour market change; employment geographic changes; policy

Chapter.  16620 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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