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    ‘Tales from other people’s houses’: home and dis/connection in an East London neighbourhood

    Sheringham, Olivia and Ebbensgaard, C.L. and Blunt, A. (2023) ‘Tales from other people’s houses’: home and dis/connection in an East London neighbourhood. Social & Cultural Geography 24 (5), pp. 719-737. ISSN 1464-9365.

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    This paper explores what it means to live together in the city through a focus on home and urban public space in East London. It develops a conceptual framework for understanding home as a site of dis/connection – both connected to and disconnected from – the wider estate, street, neighbourhood and city. Drawing on a series of home-city biographies with residents living on different housing estates, we explore what makes a city ‘liveable’ for its diverse residents within and across domestic and public spaces; how home-city dis/connections shape ideas and experiences of living together; and the importance of sensory, material and social contexts of home in shaping residents’ dis/connections with neighbours and the wider neighbourhood. By taking seriously the practices, experiences and imaginings of home as a site of urban dis/connection, we argue that urban scholars can gain a fuller picture of what it means to live together in the city, and understand and challenge inequalities, exclusions and prejudices that shape urban lives.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Home, belonging, neighbourhood, disconnection, conviviality
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Olivia Sheringham
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2021 11:59
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:12


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