Theories of ‘neighbourhood’ in urban policy

Helen Sullivan and Marilyn Taylor

in Disadvantaged by where you live?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348951
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302100 | DOI:
Theories of ‘neighbourhood’ in urban policy

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This chapter examines the different theories of ‘neighbourhood’ that have informed the development of public policy. It considers also the shift in academic focus over time from an emphasis on neighbourhoods as a set of physical entities to neighbourhood as socially constructed objects imbued with meaning by residents. It notes that the normative neighbourhood discourse in current UK policy (and especially in England) brings together a number of policy strands from civil renewal, community engagement, and consumerism, to democratisation and decentralisation. It fleshes out the policy world that has been outlined earlier and the challenges that it poses, reminding us that neighbourhoods are complex, multidimensional, and dynamic.

Keywords: neighbourhood; public policy; residents; UK policy; civil renewal; community engagement; consumerism

Chapter.  7683 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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