The spatial routines of daily life in low-income neighbourhoods : escaping the ‘local trap’

ROBINSON, David (2011). The spatial routines of daily life in low-income neighbourhoods : escaping the ‘local trap’. Space and Polity, 15 (2), 125-141.

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In recent years, research and policy have become increasingly interested in the relationship between poverty and place. While research has explored the possibility that living in poor places might make people poorer, policy has been drawn to the idea that poverty and social exclusion have their origins in segregated spaces of the poor and excluded. This paper argues that both perspectives fall into the ‘local trap’ of presuming that people living in areas characterised by economic hardship live spatially bounded, neighbourhood-based lives. Drawing on evidence from interviews with 180 people living in six low-income neighbourhoods across the UK, spatial routines of daily life are revealed to extend regularly beyond the residential neighbourhood through processes of engagement, interaction and exchange. This simple but important finding undermines some key presumptions of contemporary policy and points to the need for improvements in the theoretical models underlying analysis of the relationships between poverty and place.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research
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Page Range: 125-141
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 12:18
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:15

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