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Voices from the London Streets

Peter Hall

in London voices, London lives

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349842
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302711 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861349842.003.0001
Voices from the London Streets

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This introductory chapter believes that London is a unique city. It is unique not only because it spreads at relatively low densities but it has also achieved a new uniqueness. It is achieving a new sense of growth, as migrants from all over the world are trying to find their roots in London. The multiculturalism of the city makes London a unique city comparable to New York and Los Angeles. This book discusses the uniqueness of London through the perspective of London voices of various races and cultures. It presents thoughts and views of over a hundred Londoners on the issues of life and labour in 2000. The research and the researchers interviewed the Londoners about their lives and their reaction to life in London. Their reflections make up a unique record of what a cross-section of Londoners felt about their lives and the lives of people around them. In this book, places with distinct economic and social characteristics, resulting from different historical trajectories over the second half of the twentieth century, form the focus of the discussion. Part Two of the book discusses the distinct feel and character, including the evolution, social and economic features of each estate. Part Three discusses the common themes and differences in the experiences of the Londoners. The last Part extracts from the interviews the views of Londoners on policy and political issues that shape their lives; the problems London faces as a city and some of the possible answers.

Keywords: London; city; migrants; multiculturalism; reflections; London voices; Londoners; life and labour; lives; life in London

Chapter.  3988 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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