'I don't really like it here but I don't want to be anywhere else': children and inner city council estates

Diane Reay, Helen Lucey

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This paper explores the experiences of children living on inner London council estates. Prevalent discourses of social exclusion position such children as both 'at risk' and a risk to others. They are portrayed as a mixture of deviant delinquent and passive victim. In contrast, this research study found that children have a reflexive awareness of the places they inhabit which recognises the estates as harsh and restricting, yet the same time encompasses more positive feelings of identification and belonging. Most children shared a sense of feeling 'at home,' but one which was infused with both a recognition of the stigma associated with 'sink' estates and a fascinated horror with regard to the behaviour of a delinquent minority.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-428
Number of pages19
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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