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Getting by : Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain

McKenzie, Lisa
Format: Paperback
Publisher: POLICY PRESS
Published: January 5, 2015
ISBN: 9781447309956
224 pages

£15.99

While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society’s ills. This 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.

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