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How Residents See Their Neighbourhoods: Between Well Off and Cut Off

By Jean-Louis Pan Ké Shon

Abstract

This paper sets out to define how the population lives based on answers to the question, What, briefly, does your neighbourhood represent for you? Six types of residents are found. The well-off are concerned with the leisure activities available in town centres. The locals are highly sociable and have a very close relationship with where they live without the neighbourhoods characteristics really entering into their judgement. The inhabitants who say that they are satisfied in general are in the majority and are not as easy to typify. The cut-off have problems with interpersonal contact and complain of relational and spatial isolation and a lack of activity. The indifferent express a lack of attachment to the neighbourhood, stay at home most of the time or live outside the neighbourhood. Lastly, the insecure complain about noise and feeling unsafe, and live mainly in low rental public housing in poor, urban working-class neighbourhoods.Perception, Neighbourhood, Socio-spatial, Living conditions

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