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Tackling social inequality

We read with interest Jon Lawrence’s critique of Family & Kinship in East London - the oft-cited seminal ethnographic study of working class life in Bethnal Green authored by our founder Michael Young and Peter Willmott.

Family and Kinship in East London revisited

As well as being the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report, 2017 also marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Family and Kinship in East London, Michael Young and Peter Willmott’s classic account of working-class community in post-war Bethnal...

The blame game

Poor places are not responsible for their own poverty and nor do the people who live there cause their own stigmatisation, argues Stephen Crossley
“Certain milieus gather reputations for moral inferiority, squalor, violence, and social pathology, and consequently they objectify the...

Time to act

We must give communities a voice on housing, writes Sarah Jones MP
In the last edition of the Fabian Review, Steve Hilditch wrote a convincing analysis of the housing crisis and Labour housing policy. One line in particular stands out after...

The right to a decent home

Elections used to be won and lost on housing. From 1918 when Lloyd George promised homes fit for heroes to 1945, when the Labour manifesto proclaimed that housing was ‘one of the greatest and one of the earliest tests of...

Homelessness: a co-operative solution

With the Co-Operative party celebrating its centenary this year, Wayne Simmons looks at how co-operative approaches can be employed to address a social injustice close to his heart: homelessness.
It’s Christmas Day, 1998, and I’m surrounded by Belfast’s homeless. The first...

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