‘Tales from other people’s houses’: Home and dis/connection in an East London neighbourhood

Olivia Sheringham, Casper Laing Ebbensgaard, Alison Blunt

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This paper explores what it means to live together in the city through a focus on home and urban public space in East London. It develops a conceptual framework for understanding home as a site of dis/connection–both connected to and disconnected from–the wider estate, street, neighbourhood and city. Drawing on a series of home-city biographies with residents living on different housing estates, we explore what makes a city ‘liveable’ for its diverse residents within and across domestic and public spaces; how home-city dis/connections shape ideas and experiences of living together; and the importance of sensory, material and social contexts of home in shaping residents’ dis/connections with neighbours and the wider neighbourhood. By taking seriously the practices, experiences and imaginings of home as a site of urban dis/connection, we argue that urban scholars can gain a fuller picture of what it means to live together in the city, and understand and challenge inequalities, exclusions and prejudices that shape urban lives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)719-737
Number of pages19
JournalSocial & Cultural Geography
Issue number5
Early online date23 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2023


  • Home
  • belonging
  • conviviality
  • disconnection
  • neighbourhood

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