How the other half lives

Interconnecting socio-spatial inequalities

Edited by Samuel Burgum and Katie Higgins

How the other half lives


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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4655-7
  • Pages: 240
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: March 2022
  • BIC Category: Poverty & Unemployment, Society & social sciences / Sociology, Sociology, Sociology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Poverty & Homelessness, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, Human Geography, Urban Communities, Economics


We are, all of us, intimately familiar with inequalities. Whether finding somewhere to live, walking in the street, following the news, negotiating international travel, or in our working and personal lives, subtle and crude hierarchies shape our lived experience. How the other half lives contributes detailed, multidisciplinary, and qualitative explorations of the everyday social and spatial realities of inequality, drawing new lines from Manchester to Milan, from Brighton to Bologna. Uniquely structured as a series of oppositions between peaks and troughs, with each chapter focusing on a specific subject, including: housing, urban design, place-making, the state, cultures of inequality, and transnational mobility. This book is a resource to navigate an unequal world, oriented around three key understandings of inequality as contingent, intersectional, and interrelated.


Preface - Zoe Williams

Introduction: how the other half lives - Katie Higgins and Samuel Burgum

Part I Structural inequalities
Editor's introduction: Placing inequalities in context (contingency)
1 Emergence to clearance: the housing question in the district of Ancoats - Nigel de Noronha and Jonathan Silver
2 Abandonment to financialisation: Ancoats and the ongoing housing question - Nigel de Noronha and Jonathan Silver
3 Austerity and the local state: governing and politicising 'actually existing austerity' in a post-democratic city - Joe Penny
4 'They don't know how angry I am': the slow violence of Austerity Britain - Anthony Ellis

Part II Situated inequalities
Editor's introduction: Beyond the economic (complex inequalities)
5 Iconic architecture: seduction and subversion - Amparo Tarazona-Vento
6 Catcalls and cobblestones: gendered limits on women's walking - Morag Rose
7 Inequality in elite neighbourhoods: a case study from central London - Ilaria Pulini
8 Discrimination in 'receptive cities'? Voices from Brighton and Bologna - Caterina Mazzilli

Part III Interrelated inequalities
Editor's introduction: Relations of inequality (never in isolation)
9 The Sunday Times Rich List and the myth of the self-made man - Elisabeth Schimpfössl and Timothy Monteath
10 Victims and agents: the representation of refugees among British volunteers active in the refugee support sector - Gaja Maestri and Pierre Monforte
11 Entwined stories: privileged family migration, differential inclusion and shifting geographies of belonging - Sarah Kunz
12 'Milan doesn't want us to be comfortable': differential inclusion of refugees in Milan - Maurizio Artero
Conclusion: Highs and lows: breaching social and spatial boundaries - Rowland Atkinson



Samuel Burgum is a Lecturer in Sociology at Birmingham City University

Katie Higgins is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford

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