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Book Launch: Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain by Lisa McKenzie – FULLY BOOKED.

Thursday, 15th January, 2015    
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
City Arts
11-13 Hockley, Nottingham, Please select region, state or province, NG1 1FH

While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society’s ills. This unique book redresses the balance. Lisa Mckenzie lived on the St Ann’s estate in Nottingham for more than 20 years. Her ‘insider’ status enables us to hear the stories of its residents, often wary of outsiders. St Ann’s has been stigmatised as a place where gangs, guns, drugs, single mothers and those unwilling or unable to make something of their lives reside. Yet in this same community we find strong, resourceful, ambitious people who are ‘getting by’, often with humour and despite facing brutal austerity.

Lisa Mckenzie is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, working on issues of social inequality and class stratification through ethnographic research. Lisa brings an unusual and innovative approach to research by means of her extensive experience of bringing the academic world and local community together.

Lisa will appear in conversation with Bill Silburn (co-author with Ken Coates of Poverty: The Forgotten Englishmen) and Nick Stevenson.

Donations entry. All donations will go to POW Nottingham and St. Anns Food Bank. Please RSVP to bookshop@fiveleaves.co.uk.