Place-based Politics and Nested Deprivation in the U.K.: Beyond Cities-towns, ‘Two Englands’ and the ‘Left Behind’

Boswell, J., Denham J., Furlong, J., Killick, A., Ndugga, P, Rek, B., Ryan, M. and Shipp, J. 2020. Place-based Politics and Nested Deprivation in the U.K.: Beyond Cities-towns, ‘Two Englands’ and the ‘Left Behind’. Representation. 58 (2), pp. 169-190. https://doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2020.1751258

TitlePlace-based Politics and Nested Deprivation in the U.K.: Beyond Cities-towns, ‘Two Englands’ and the ‘Left Behind’
TypeJournal article
AuthorsBoswell, J., Denham J., Furlong, J., Killick, A., Ndugga, P, Rek, B., Ryan, M. and Shipp, J.
Abstract

‘Place-based explanations’ of politics in the U.K. tell sweeping narratives about ‘Two Englands’, or of sizeable regions of the country that have been ‘Left Behind’, reinforcing popular accounts of a North–South or city-town divide. We introduce the concept of nested deprivation – deprivation that may occur in just one housing estate or even one row of flats within neighbourhoods that are otherwise affluent. We report on intensive fieldwork in 8 neighbourhoods varying in relative affluence and density of population (including urban, suburban/satellite, market town or rural village). Three key themes and consequences emerge for those living in nested deprivation in relatively affluent and geographically dispersed contexts: (a) either disconnection from or entrapment within the local economy; (b) social isolation and atomisation; and (c) powerlessness to affect politics. ‘Place-based’ explanations of rapid and radical changes to political participation in Britain need to take fine-grained geographical distinctions much more seriously. Our study provides evidence that the rising tides in affluent areas are drowning some residents rather than lifting all boats. Where deprivation is dispersed and then nested within mostly affluent constituencies it does not allow for the political mobilisation among communities of interest that is a necessary condition for pluralist representative democracies.

JournalRepresentation
Journal citation58 (2), pp. 169-190
ISSN1749-4001
Year2020
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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CC BY 4.0
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/00344893.2020.1751258
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00344893.2020.1751258
Publication dates
Published online24 Apr 2020
Published2022
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