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'I don't really like it here but I don't want to be anywhere else': children and inner city council estates


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Reay, D. and Lucey, H., 2000. 'I don't really like it here but I don't want to be anywhere else': children and inner city council estates. Antipode, 32 (4), pp. 410-428.

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Abstract

This paper explores the experiences of children living on inner London council estates. Prevalent discourses of social exclusion position such children as both 'at risk' and a risk to others. They are portrayed as a mixture of deviant delinquent and passive victim. In contrast, this research study found that children have a reflexive awareness of the places they inhabit which recognises the estates as harsh and restricting, yet the same time encompasses more positive feelings of identification and belonging. Most children shared a sense of feeling 'at home,' but one which was infused with both a recognition of the stigma associated with 'sink' estates and a fascinated horror with regard to the behaviour of a delinquent minority.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsReay, D.and Lucey, H.
DOI10.1111/1467-8330.00144
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Psychology
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code19008

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