How neighbourhood social mix shapes access to resources from social networks and from services

Bailey, N. , Besemer, K., Bramley, G. and Livingston, M. (2015) How neighbourhood social mix shapes access to resources from social networks and from services. Housing Studies, 30(2), pp. 295-314. (doi: 10.1080/02673037.2014.1000834)

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Social mix policies have become controversial. Claims about the harms caused by neighbourhood effects have been challenged while counter-claims have been made about the potential benefits for low-income households from living in poor communities. This paper examines two aspects of this debate: whether deprived communities provide greater access to social networks and hence resources in the form of gifts ; and whether they provide worse access to resources in the form of services. Data come from the largest survey of poverty ever conducted in the UK – the Poverty and Social Exclusion UK Survey 2012. Results do not support either position in the debate. They do not suggest that access to services is worse in deprived neighbourhoods for all services, only for a minority. While people in deprived neighbourhoods report marginally greater contact with family and slightly higher levels of social support, there is no evidence of greater levels of exchange of gifts or reciprocity through social networks.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bailey, Professor Nick and Bramley, Prof Glen and Livingston, Dr Mark
Authors: Bailey, N., Besemer, K., Bramley, G., and Livingston, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Housing Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1466-1810
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Housing Studies 30(2):295-314
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
504042Poverty and Social Exclusion in the United Kingdom: the 2010 SurveyNick BaileyEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)RES-060-25-0052SPS - URBAN STUDIES