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Title: Neighbourhood Belonging, Social Class and Social Media—Providing Ladders to the Cloud
Authors: Matthews, Peter
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Keywords: Social media
neighbourhood belonging
social class
neighbourhood deprivation
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Matthews P (2015) Neighbourhood Belonging, Social Class and Social Media—Providing Ladders to the Cloud, Housing Studies, 30 (1), pp. 22-39.
Abstract: The growth of social media over the past decade has transformed how we have interacted with the World Wide Web. This paper presents data from a research project coproduced with community organisations that had created an online archive through a Facebook site of a deprived neighbourhood in Edinburgh, Scotland. Framing the data from this site in the literature on class, place, stigma and belonging, the paper presents further evidence of the ‘we-being' of working-class residence as opposed to the elective belonging of middle class people, and the stigma towards working-class neighbourhoods from wider society. The paper concludes by highlighting the benefits of social media in producing a natural discussion about neighbourhoods and residence and the importance of creating ladders to the cloud for working-class neighbourhoods.
Type: Journal Article
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Affiliation: Sociology/Social Pol&Criminology

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