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A difficult mix: Issues in achieving socioeconomic diversity in deprived UK neighbourhoods

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JournalUrban Studies
DateE-pub ahead of print - 8 Mar 2011
DatePublished (current) - Dec 2011
Issue number16
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)3433-3447
Early online date8/03/11
Original languageEnglish


This paper explores attempts to enhance social capital, reduce negative area effects and improve life chances in deprived neighbourhoods by promoting social diversity. The paper draws on the results of two recent studies. The first study examined resident perceptions of new, high-density, mixed-tenure housing that was designed to provide socially diverse and cohesive communities. The second study examined the housing allocations policies of UK social landlords, focusing on their attempts to balance their role in housing high-need homeless households with their role in the sustainment of neighbourhood social diversity. After reviewing the results of each study, the paper concludes that the management of perceived, and actual, risks to social cohesion from some poorer households is a central concern in the promotion of socially diverse neighbourhoods.

    Research areas

  • socio economic , diversity, neighbourhoods

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