Family and kinship in east london

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family and kinship in east london

Family and Kinship in East London by Michael Young

First published in 1957, and reprinted with a new introduction in 1986, Michael Young and Peter Willmotts book on family and kinship in Bethnal Green in the 1950s is a classic in urban studies.

A standard text in planning, housing, family studies and sociology, it predicted the failure in social terms of the great rehousing campaign which was getting under way in the 1950s. The tall flats built to replace the old slum houses were unpopular. Social networks were broken up. The book had an immediate impact when it appeared - extracts were published in the newspapers, the sales were a record for a report of a sociological study, Government ministers quoted it. But the approach it advocated was not accepted until the late 1960s, and by then it was too late.

This Routledge Revivals reissue includes the authors introduction from the 1986 reissue, reviewing the impact of the book and its ideas thirty years on. They argue that if the lessons implicit in the book had been learned in the 1950s, London and other British cities might not have suffered the anomie and violence manifested in the urban riots of the 1980s.
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Family and Kinship in East London

A standard text in planning, housing, family studies and sociology, it predicted the failure in social terms of the great rehousing campaign which was getting under way in the s. Social networks were broken up. The book had an immediate impact when it appeared — extracts were published in the newspapers, the sales were a record for a report of a sociological study, Government ministers quoted it. But the approach it advocated was not accepted until the late s, and by then it was too late. This Routledge Revivals reissue includes the authors' introduction from the reissue, reviewing the impact of the book and its ideas thirty years on. They argue that if the lessons implicit in the book had been learned in the s, London and other British cities might not have suffered the 'anomie' and violence manifested in the urban riots of the s. Search all titles.

It was the book that launched a generation of social workers, sociologists and local government officials on their careers - a book that pioneered a genre of social observation. It helped transform popular perceptions of urban working-class life and, presciently, foresaw a host of issues about the workings of community with which we are still grappling. This week sees the republishing of Michael Young and Peter Willmott's Family and Kinship in East London - arguably the most influential piece of sociology in Britain in the 20th century - to mark its 50th anniversary. What Young and Willmott did was listen to the voices of a community in postwar Bethnal Green that, for many decades, had either been pitied or vilified. The voices they found described a world rich in social relationships, networks of dependence and mutual support that were central to the people's resilience in facing the adversity of insecure and low-paid employment. They charted what would now be described by policymakers as "social capital" and how it made urban neighbourhoods function effectively.

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Although housing in Bethnal Green was often appalling, a complex network of relatives - families of three generations held together by the powerful mother-daughter bond at the centre - was always available to provide mutual aid and a sense of community. It was when families were rehoused in the immaculate new estates outside London, miles away from their kin, that the vital support system broke down, with disastrous effects on the quality of people's lives.

One of the pioneering works of modern sociology, Family and Kinship in East London is a study of family life in the East End of London in the s, based on extensive interviews and case studies, which examines the consequences of moving families from urban to suburban public housing. The book was first published in , updated in , and is here presented with a new foreword by Judith Stacey. Books Digital Products Journals. Disciplines Sociology Urban Studies. About the Book One of the pioneering works of modern sociology, Family and Kinship in East London is a study of family life in the East End of London in the s, based on extensive interviews and case studies, which examines the consequences of moving families from urban to suburban public housing. Reviews "A wonderfully vivid, accurately observed portrait of a way of life, whose value as a historical document increases as the East End of small factories, docks and busy streets of row houses disappears, and with it the culture of the old Bethnal Green. Related Books.

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  2. Ascension S. says:

    Family and Kinship in East London was a sociological study of an urban working class tight-knit community, and the effects of the post-war governments'.

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