Family life in areas of concentrated poverty and social problems is undermined by surrounding conditions. This timely book, by acclaimed author Anne Power and her team, is based on a unique longitudinal study of over 200 families interviewed annually over the last decade. It examines the initiatives introduced to help such families and the impacts on them, their future prospects and the implications for policy. Accessibly written and with clear data presentation, the book will have wide appeal to people who work with, live in and care about families, children and low-income areas.
Helen Willmot completed a Sociology Ph.D at Leeds University in 2001 and then a postdoctoral Research Fellowship with Edinburgh University. She worked as a researcher in the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at LSE from 2003-06 and now works in the charity sector.
Rosemary Davidson is currently a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute. She has post doctoral experience in the fields of social policy, psychology and public health, with research interests in social status, resilience, group processes and qualitative research methods.
Anne Power is Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. She is author of many books, reports and articles on housing, cities, environmental problems and low-income communities.
Introduction; Family roles in community matters; Schools in communities ; Young people, space, facilities and activities; Preventative policing, community safety and community confidence; Family health and neighbourhood conditions; Families move into work: skills, training and tax credits; Housing and regeneration; How the areas are changing.
"A very useful book providing a comprehensive account of everyday experiences of people living in difficult circumstances. .. one of the selling points of this book is its qualitative addition, adding vigour and nuance, to existing quantitative evidence. The book provides a beneficial starting point for those wishing to understand how neighbourhoods function, but more importantly how families interact with their surroundings" Housing Studies
"An invaluable look at the lives of families in these challenging areas and a view from their perspective as to how well policies did or did not work." Jane Waldfogel, School of Social Work, Columbia University, USA
"Some people can't choose a nice area. So how do public services affect their lives? This insightful book shows, through the voices of the people themselves, just what a difference those services can make." Prof Lord Layard, London School of Economics
"Family Futures does a rare thing - it allows families to talk for themselves about their experiences raising children in poor neighbourhoods.
As we embark on another era of major social policy change, policy makers, researchers and students alike would do well to listen to the voices so sensitively captured in this book and be reminded of the impact, possibilities and limits of social policies." Katherine Rake, Family & Parenting Institute