In a groundbreaking longitudinal study, researches studied seven similar social housing neighbourhoods in Ireland to determine what factors affected their liveability. In this collection of essays, the same researchers return to these neighbourhoods ten years later to see what’s changed. Are these neighbourhoods now more liveable or leaveable?
Social Housing, Disadvantage and Neighbourhood Liveability examines the major national and local developments that externally affected these neighbourhoods: the Celtic tiger boom, area-based interventions, and reforms in social housing management. Additionally, the book examines changes in the culture of social housing through studies of crime within social housing, changes in public service delivery, and media reporting on social housing. Social Housing, Disadvantage and Neighbourhood Liveability offers a new body of data valuable to researchers in Ireland and abroad on how to create more equitable and liveable social housing.
"Arguably Ireland presents a good laboratory, since there has been a considerable range of such approaches attempted over a long recent period covered by this study. It is a detailed work, covering an important timeframe in terms of economy and society and policy experimentation." – Urban Studies, Michael Punch, University College Dublin, Ireland
Chapter One: Introduction Chapter Two: Changing Disadvantage in Social Housing: a multi level analysis Chapter Three: Liveability and the Lifeworld of the Social Housing Neighbourhood Chapter Four: Reforming Social Housing Management Chapter Five: Why Target Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods? Rationales for Area Based Interventions Chapter Six: A National Level View of Area-based Interventions Chapter Seven: A Neighbourhood Level View of Area-Based Interventions Chapter Eight: Drug Use, Drug Markets and Area-based Policy Responses Chapter Nine: Social (dis)Order and Community Safety Chapter Ten: Media Representations, Stigma and Neighbourhood Identity Chapter Eleven: Conclusions