"Nae as nice a scheme as it used to be": lay accounts of neighbourhood incivilities and well-being

L Airey*

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This paper is based upon qualitative research conducted in a relatively deprived neighbourhood in Edinburgh, Scotland. and it explores how contextual and compositional features of place may interact to influence well-being. I present women's accounts of their experiences of neighbourhood incivilities, and I discuss their perceptions of the influence of incivilities upon their sense of well-being. I suggest that aspects of individual biographies mediate experiences of neighbourhood incivilities. Furthermore, some individuals seem to engage in "distancing strategies", which I suggest may be interpreted as a way of resisting the potentially harmful psycho-social influence of incivilities upon well-being. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-137
Number of pages9
JournalHealth & Place
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003
EventENRGHI 2001 Conferene - ST ANDREWS, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jan 2001 → …


  • distancing strategies
  • geography of health inequalities
  • lay accounts
  • neighbourhood incivilities
  • well-being
  • women
  • health inequalities
  • medical geography
  • place
  • neighbourhood
  • psychology
  • context
  • people

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