Laurie Taylor talks to Dr Rowland Atkinson, Research Fellow at the Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow about a new foreign import – Gated Communities.
These communities, sometimes walled, always defended by a combination of booms, barriers, security guards and electronic surveillance are widespread in the USA and increasingly in South Africa but in recent years this highly privatised mode of living has begun to appear here in the UK.
One recent study has canvassed opinions from those who live both inside and just outside these modern fortresses and questions what their effect might be on urban living.
For the would-be home owner today, the choices are endless and increasingly refined. New digital technology, available on any desk top, allows the precise targeting of location right down to street, school and restaurant.
Laurie Taylor, Professor Roger Burrows, Director of the Centre for Housing Policy, University of York and Nicholas Schoon, author of The Chosen City, explores some of the tensions that could arise between the individual’s increasing ability to choose where and how they live and an avowed policy planning aim to foster and maintain mixed urban neighbourhoods.
Dr Rowland Atkinson
Research Fellow, Department of Urban Studies, University of Glasgow
Paper (soon to be available on the internet): Fortress UK? Gated communities, the spatial revolt of the elites and time-space trajectories of segregation.
Gated Communities: A Systematic Review of the Research Evidence
Sarah Blandy and Diane Lister, Sheffield Hallam University
and Rowland Atkinson and John Flint, University of Glasgow
Accessing hidden and hard-to-reach populations: snowball research strategies
Atkinson, R. and Flint, J. (2001)
Social Research Update, 33
The hidden costs of gentrification: displacement in Central London
Atkinson, R. (2000)
Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, vol 15, no 4, pp 307-26.
Measuring gentrification and displacement in Greater London
Atkinson, R. (2000)
Urban Studies, vol 37, no 1, pp 149-65.
Owner occupation, social mix and neighbourhood impacts
Atkinson, R. and Kintrea, K. (2000)
Policy & Politics, vol 28, no 1, pp. 93-108.
Disentangling area effects: evidence from deprived and non-deprived neighbourhoods
Atkinson, R. (2001)
Urban Studies, vol 38, no 12, pp 2277-98.
Professor Roger Burrows
Co-Director, Centre for Housing Policy
nb: Professor Burrows would like to hear from people who have used the internet to find places to live.
Wired Welfare? Social theory, Social Policy and the Information Age
Centre for Housing Policy
Home Ownership in a Risk Society: A Social Analysis of Mortgage Arrears and Possessions
Janet Ford, Roger Burrows, Sarah Nettleton
The Policy Press ISBN 1861342616
Homelessness and Social Policy
Roger Burrows (Editor), Nicholas Pleace (Editor), Deborah Quilgars (Editor)
Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd
Cyberspace/cyberbodies/cyberpunk: Cultures of Technological Embodiment
Mike Featherstone (Editor), Roger Burrows (Editor)
Sage Publications Ltd
The Chosen City
Spon Press 2001 ISBN 0415258022
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