Neighbours: The Work of Philip Abrams

Neighbours: The Work of Philip Abrams

by Martin Bulmer


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Neighbours: The Work of Philip Abrams by Martin Bulmer

Neighbours is a study in both sociology and social policy. First published in 1986, this book, which presents and extends the work of the distinguished sociologist Philip Abrams (d. 1981), was the first major study of neighbours in Britain since the 1960s. It made an important contribution to urban sociological theory and to understanding actual patterns of neighbouring in widely different parts of England. Neighbourhood care - help for the elderly, infirm and sick by those who live near them - is potentially a very important kind of informal social care, and the second part of the book examines by means of ten detailed case studies the potential for neighbourhood care in contemporary Britain. A central philosophical chapter suggests that pure 'goodness of heart' is rarely a motive for helping others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521312967
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/27/1986
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Glossary: places studied which are referred to in the text; Introduction: 1. Neighbours, neighbouring and neighbourhood care: the significance of the work of Philip Abrams; Part I. Informal Neighbouring: 2. Defining the field; 3. Making sense of neighbours and neighbouring; 4. Neighbouring in six localities: the street studies; 5. The sociology of informal neighbouring; Bridge: 6. Altruism and reciprocity as sources of neighbouring and neighbourhood care; Part II. Organised Neighbourhood Care: 7. Neighbourhood care as a form of organised care; 8. Ten neighbourhood care schemes; 9. Ventures in neighbourhood care: the perspectives of helpers and clients; 10. Limitations of neighbourhood care; 11. The relationship between formal and informal care; Conclusion: 12. Neighbours and neighbourhood care: a forward look; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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