Mixed Occupancy: Mixed Occupations?

  • James Rosbrook-Thompson
  • Gary Armstrong
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)


In this chapter, we explore the types of employment and livelihood strategies witnessed on the estate. In doing so, we engage with debates over the changing occupational class structure of London in contending that although LG was a neat-enough microcosm of citywide trends in terms of inequality and professionalisation, because of the day-to-day dynamics of residents’ working and social lives, a perception of social polarisation dominated their understandings of the city. Key factors here included the ongoing restructuring of London’s labour market, the residualisation of social housing in Northtown and a tendency for people to see the world in terms of ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. In connection with this, we argue that the opportunity structures evident on LG were both intra- and pan-ethnic, with people belonging to certain ethno-racial groups being more or less inclined to proffer and take up opportunities across ethno-racial lines.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Rosbrook-Thompson
    • 1
  • Gary Armstrong
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Humanities and Social SciencesAnglia Ruskin UniversityCambridgeUK
  2. 2.College of Business, Arts and Social SciencesBrunel University LondonUxbridgeUK

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