Custodians of (Dis)order: The Pusher, the Publican and the Matriarch

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


In this chapter, we explore the issues of order and disorder and, more specifically, the people on LG who were central to attempts to create and sustain order, as well as manage bouts of disorder when they occurred. We use the findings of existing research on urban disorder to argue that perception was central to residents’ approaches to disorderly behaviour and occurrences. What might appear as indicative of decline or even decay to outsiders may not appear this way to people on LG. Once an act or event had been contextualised according to the estate’s history of crime and disorder, with factors like the identity of protagonists and cross-cultural comparisons also coming into play, explanations could be surprising.


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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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