Finding a Place

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:
Finding a Place

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This chapter discusses the significance of home and the local neighbourhood to many of the interviewed London people. While the definition of good quality life differs from one person to another, for many people, their home and their local neighbourhood constitute something very important for their lives and something that directly shapes the quality of their lives. Everyone has to live somewhere, and for many the result is a tradeoff between the ideal and the possible, the dream versus the reality. People have different reactions to their neighbourhoods, depending on where they have come from and how long they have been there. Issues discussed in this chapter are: community and solidarity; change and instability; the search for roots; the importance of schools, moving out and moving on; the unrooted society, the yearning for the country; and the sense of belonging.

Keywords: home; local neighbourhood; London; quality life; community; solidarity; instability; schools; unrooted society; sense of belonging

Chapter.  14344 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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