111 Social interaction and neighbourhood stigma FIVE Social interaction and neighbourhood stigma Neighbourhood society The failure of public services to manage neighbourhood decline made matters worse for people who were already socially and economically disadvantaged. But decline was not just an individual problem. The combined effects of economic collapse, social change and the increasing concentration of the poor also impacted on social relations within neighbourhoods and on relationships between poor neighbourhoods and others. Strong but enclosed community
93 Seven diversity, community and social interaction 7.1 introduction Retirement villages are widely marketed as ‘communities’ for people from similar backgrounds who aspire to similar lifestyles. For example, Roseland Parc in Cornwall, England, tempts potential buyers with the promise that ‘The village community atmosphere will allow you to forge new friendships with like-minded people who share your interests, your joys and your challenges in life’.1 This emphasis on sameness is even more pronounced in the US, where retirement housing schemes are
33 THREE social interaction and interactive agency The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. George Bernard Shaw Chapter Two explains how a child’s individual agency develops through interaction with its caretakers. Later chapters will explore how social agency develops as a result of social structures, but this chapter focuses on agency as an element of human interaction. Social interaction is where intrapersonal processes intersect with social structures; it is influenced by the characters of those who are
Key messages Procedures and understandings tied to meat are established and contested through social interactions. Arrangements of social interactions may prefigure and induce more or less meat-based food practices. Policies to reduce meat consumption should focus on fostering plant-friendly social interactions. Introduction It is a well-known fact that to feed the world’s growing population in a sustainable fashion, the global consumption of meat and other animal products needs to be reduced substantially over the coming decade ( Willett et al
37 three Authenticity and validity in community research: looking at age discrimination and urban social interactions in the UK Andrew Clark, Caroline Holland and Richard Ward Chapter aims • To summarise key debates about authenticity and validity in social research and outline the challenges and opportunities that participatory ways of researching present to authenticity and validity • To contextualise these issues in the authors’ experiences conducting research with community researchers in two research projects: one about age discrimination, the
503 Families, Relationships and Societies • vol 4 • no 3 • 503–12 • © Policy Press 2015 • #FRS Print ISSN 2046 7435 • Online ISSN 2046 7443 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674315X14381865428657 Positioning older men’s social interactions: a visual exploration of the space between acquaintanceship and strangerhood Pernille Sorensen, firstname.lastname@example.org Fiona Poland, email@example.com University of East Anglia, UK In this article, we show how using a visual method enabled an exploration of the nuances of everyday encounters of older men living alone. It
33 TWO Constructing knowledge through social interactions: the role of interpersonal trust in negotiating negative institutional conceptions This chapter will develop a theoretical framework for understanding how trust in the context of psychosis services is possible – in spite of the emphasis upon more negative characteristics of mental heath institutions within a range of narratives in public sphere discussions and, moreover, within the experiences of many service users. As touched upon in Chapter One, there are a range of potentially significant
Specialist forms of housing with care are becoming increasingly popular in the United Kingdom, largely as a result of the ageing of the population and the relative wealth of the latest generation of older people. Retirement villages and extra care housing are two models of provision that have seen particularly spectacular growth. This is partly because in many ways they are perceived to promote government agendas for increasing independence and wellbeing for older people. They also aim to meet older people’s aspirations for a good quality of life in their retirement years and to live somewhere they feel they belong. Many such housing developments are marketed as ‘communities of like minded people’, offering security, peace of mind, a range of facilities and new opportunities for friendship and social interaction.
This important book investigates changing concepts and experiences of community across the lifecourse and into older age and how they play out in housing with care settings. An overview of how the housing with care sector has developed, both in the UK and internationally, is provided. The book emphasizes the central importance of a sense of community for older people’s quality of life and explores the impact of a range of factors including social networks, inclusive activities, diversity and the built environment.
The book will be of particular interest to students in the fields of gerontology, social policy, housing, planning, the built environment and community development. It will also appeal to academics, policy makers, practitioners, service providers and researchers, both in the UK and other countries with similar housing with care options, including the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
Long-term prisoners need to be given the space to reflect, and grow. This ground-breaking study found that engaging prisoners in philosophy education enabled them to think about some of the ‘big’ questions in life and as a result to see themselves and others differently.
Using the prisoners’ own words, Szifris shows the importance of this type of education for growth and development. She demonstrates how the philosophical dialogue led to a form of community which provided a space for self-reflection, pro-social interaction and communal exploration of ideas, which could have long-term positive consequences.
In most developed countries immigration policy is high on the political agenda. But what happens to migrants after their arrival – integration and social cohesion – has received less attention, yet these conditions matter to migrants and to wider society. Drawing on fieldwork in London and eastern England, Moving up and getting on is the first accessible, yet comprehensive, text to critique the effectiveness of recent integration and social cohesion policies and calls for a stronger political leadership. Written for those interested in public policy, the book argues that if the UK is to be successful in managing migration, there needs to be greater emphasis on the social aspects of integration and opportunities for meaningful social contact between migrants and longer-settled residents, particularly in the workplace.