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Friendship and Diversity: Children's and Adults' Friendships Across Social Class and Ethnic Difference

Vincent, CJ; Neal, S; Iqbal, H; (2015) Friendship and Diversity: Children's and Adults' Friendships Across Social Class and Ethnic Difference. Institute of Education, University College London: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This two year qualitative project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, explores the friendships of 8/9 year old children, and their parents, in ‘super-diverse1’ localities in London, England. The project uses school sites as a lens through which to understand social relations in localities which are experiencing rapid urban population change. We examine the ways in which local primary schools work as sites of everyday encounter, exchange and friendship making in multicultural and rapidly gentrifying London geographies. Through a focus on three primary school classrooms, we explore how difference is experienced, and whether and how friendships and friendship networks are made and maintained across ethnic and social class differences. Our aim is to identify what friendships reveal about the nature and extent of ethnic and social divisions in contemporary multicultural society. In short, does living in diverse areas mean local populations have diverse friendship groups?

Type: Report
Title: Friendship and Diversity: Children's and Adults' Friendships Across Social Class and Ethnic Difference
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://friendshipacrossdifference.com/2015/07/02/...
Language: English
Keywords: Social class, ethnicity, diversity, primary schools
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1474539
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