Nov 27, 2009

Communities and capitalism

Persuading people and organisations to care for their urban environment is partly a matter of re-awakening civic pride. Community involvement needs to be supported by strong enforcement action to deal with vandalism, graffiti, intimidation, noise pollution and other anti-social behavior.

Individuals are supposed to overcome the atomisation of market relations by acquiring ‘social capital’ through developing a strong sense of cultural belonging, civic responsibility and mutual co-operation through localised networks.26 There is a strong nostalgic appeal here to a lost golden age of ‘respectable’ working class communities—although in so far as these ever existed they tended to be organised around the routines of the local workplaces that have mostly disappeared.

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