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Neighbours : The Work of Philip Abrams - Martin Bulmer


The Work of Philip Abrams

Paperback Published: 28th April 1986
ISBN: 9780521312967
Number Of Pages: 302

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Neighbours is a study in both sociology and social policy. We all have neighbours, yet what is their sociological significance? How do we get on with them? What relationships do we establish with them? What kinds of everyday contact, help and support do they give? Why is social distance and even conflict also characteristic of relations between neighbours? This book, which presents and extends the work of the distinguished sociologist Philip Abrams (d. 1981), is the first major study of neighbours in Britain since the 1960s. It makes an important contribution to urban sociological theory and to understanding actual patterns of neighbouring in widely different parts of England. Neighbourhood care - help for the elderly, infirm and sick by those who live near them - is potentially a very important kind of informal social care, and the second part of the book examines by means of ten detailed case studies the potential for neighbourhood care in contemporary Britain. A central philosophical chapter suggests that pure 'goodness of heart' is rarely a motive for helping others.

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'There is much good sense, sociological insight and informative ethnography in this study and neighbours deserves to be widely read.' New Society

Glossary: places studied which are referred to in the text
Neighbours, neighbouring and neighbourhood care: the significance of the work of Philip Abrams
Informal Neighbouring
Defining the field
Making sense of neighbours and neighbouring
Neighbouring in six localities: the street studies
The sociology of informal neighbouring
Altruism and reciprocity as sources of neighbouring and neighbourhood care
Organised Neighbourhood Care
Neighbourhood care as a form of organised care
Ten neighbourhood care schemes
Ventures in neighbourhood care: the perspectives of helpers and clients
Limitations of neighbourhood care
The relationship between formal and informal care
Neighbours and neighbourhood care: a forward look
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ISBN: 9780521312967
ISBN-10: 0521312965
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 28th April 1986
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.45

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