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Social infrastructure and public life - notes on Finsbury Park, London

Layton, J; Latham, A; (2021) Social infrastructure and public life - notes on Finsbury Park, London. Urban Geography 10.1080/02723638.2021.1934631. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

Cities need social infrastructure, places that support social connection in neighborhoods and across communities. In the face of austerity in many places, the provision of such infrastructures are under threat. To protect such infrastructures, it is important to have robust arguments for their provision, maintenance, and protection. Through a case study of a dispute about the appropriate use and provisioning of an everyday park located in London, UK, this article examines what social infrastructure is and why it matters. The dispute has brought to the surface a number of critical questions about how to fund and provide collective, public social life. It has also raised questions about what types of social and collective life should be valued. To examine the dispute a sixfold typology is developed to explore the different registers of sociality afforded by social infrastructure: co-presence, sociability and friendship, care and kinship, kinesthetic practices, and civic engagement.

Type: Article
Title: Social infrastructure and public life - notes on Finsbury Park, London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2021.1934631
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02723638.2021.1934631
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Geography, Urban Studies, Social infrastructure, public space, public-ness, sociality, parks, cities, dispute, CITY, GEOGRAPHIES, CITIES, PLACE, SPACE
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10130375
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