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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3433-3447
Number of pages15
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number16
Early online date8 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • socio economic
  • diversity
  • neighbourhoods

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