Friends and Neighbours

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:
Friends and Neighbours

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This chapter looks at some of the most basic social relationships; the ways in which people relate to other people within their local area. This proves difficult to generalise, because of the great variation that exists in social relationships. Some neighbourhood residents spoke of knowing many dozens of people while others claimed to barely know of anyone beyond their front door. Many factors influence this range of social experience. Among them include rate of turnover, level of cultural homogeneity, layout and design. Yet on the whole, in most neighbourhoods, there is a general and widespread system of reciprocity wherein people watch each other's houses and perform small errands in specific circumstances. Discussions include: the sense of uncertainty for the new arrivals; difficult neighbours and incompatible neighbourhoods; importance of geography and layout; social networks and social capital; and a sense of neighbourhood.

Keywords: social relationships; social experience; rate of turnover; cultural homogeneity; layout; design; system of reciprocity; difficult neighbours; social networks

Chapter.  11251 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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