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City Survivors: Bringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods

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City Survivors, by Professor Anne Power|, LSE, gives a parents-eye-view of the experience of bringing up children in disadvantaged cities. The book will be launched at a seminar at the School on Thursday 22 November.

Professor Power, professor of social policy and deputy director of the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)| at LSE, tells the arresting story of what it is like for parents, mainly mothers, to bring up children in troubled city neighbourhoods.

The book provides a unique insider view on the impact of neighbourhood conditions on family life and explores the prospects for families looking at of equality, integration, schools, work, community, regeneration and public services.

City Survivors is based on yearly visits over seven years to 200 families living in four highly disadvantaged city neighbourhoods, two in east London and two in northern inner and outer city areas. Twenty-four families explain how they survive the difficulties and pressures surrounding them.

Professor Power said: 'City Survivors exposes neighbourhood problems in the raw. Most parents don't want their children to grow up with these problems. But parents have mixed views about the prospects for their area and most have higher hopes for their children's future than their won. There is huge potential to upgrade poor neighbourhoods without displacing low income families who help to create a sense of community and 'tame' the city.'

Professor Power will launch her new publication with a seminar at LSE on Thursday 22 November, 4.30-6pm in the Centre for Economic Performance Conference Room (R405), 4th Floor, Research Laboratory, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD, followed by an informal drinks reception. This event is free but booking is essential. To request a seat for this event, please contact Anna Tamas by emailing a.tamas@lse.ac.uk|, or by calling 020 7955 6562.



Esther Avery, LSE Press Offiice, by calling 020 7955 7060 or emailing e.avery@lse.ac.uk|

Press Cuttings

BBC Radio 4 (22 November)
Woman's Hour
Professor Anne Power, professor of social policy at LSE, appeared on yesterday's programme discussing her new book City Survivors. The interview was the podcast of the day.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/whnews/| - scroll down, first item podcast

Guardian (21 November)
Family planning
Interview with Professor Anne Power, professor of social policy at LSE, who talks about her new book City Survivors: Bringing up children in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

19 November 2007