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Tyneside Neighbourhoods: Deprivation, Social Life and Social Behaviour in One British City

Tyneside Neighbourhoods: Deprivation, Social Life and Social Behaviour in One British City Daniel Nettle
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This book is one of the best things I have read in a long time: erudite, thought-provoking, and very well-presented. I do applaud the openness to discussion and argument that characterises it: interdisciplinary work needs to take this form if it is to go beyond turf wars that fail to transcend familiar established positions.
—Graham Crow, Professor of Sociology, University of Edinburgh

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Nettle’s book presents the results of five years of comparative ethnographic fieldwork in two different neighbourhoods of the same British city, Newcastle upon Tyne. The neighbourhoods are only a few kilometres apart, yet whilst one is relatively affluent, the other is amongst the most economically deprived in the UK. Tyneside Neighbourhoods uses multiple research methods to explore social relationships and social behaviour, attempting to understand whether the experience of deprivation fosters social solidarity, or undermines it. The book is distinctive in its development of novel quantitative methods for ethnography: systematic social observation, economic games, household surveys, crime statistics, and field experiments. Nettle analyses these findings in the context of the cultural, psychological and economic consequences of economic deprivation, and of the ethical difficulties of representing a deprived community. In so doing the book sheds light on one of the main issues of our time: the roles of culture and of socioeconomic factors in determining patterns of human social behaviour.
Tyneside Neighbourhoods
is a must read for scholars, students, individual readers, charities and government departments seeking insight into the social consequences of deprivation and inequality in the West.

The University of Newcastle has generously contributed towards the publication of this volume.

Tyneside Neighbourhoods: Deprivation, Social Life and Social Behaviour in One British City

Daniel Nettle | December 2015
viii + 138 | 30 colour illustrations | 6.14" x 9.21" (234 x 156 mm)
ISBN Paperback: 9781783741885
ISBN Hardback: 9781783741892
ISBN Digital (PDF): 9781783741908
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DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0084
BIC subject codes: KCR (Welfare economics), KCP (Political economy), JHBC (Social research and statistics), JHBL (Sociology: work and labour); BISAC: SOC045000 (Social Science / Poverty & Homelessness), SOC053000 (Social Science / Regional Studies), SOC050000 (Social Science / Social Classes & Economic Disparity), POL024000 (Political Science / Public Policy / Economic Policy), POL029000 (Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy); OCLC Number: 993988512.

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1. Introduction
About this book
The city context: Newcastle upon Tyne
Motivations for the Tyneside Neighbourhoods Project
Competing narratives: Kropotkin versus the Mountain People

2. Study sites and methods
The study neighbourhoods
Development of methods: General considerations
Description of datasets

3. Mutual aid
Round one: Social interactions in the streets
Round two: Self-reported social capital
Round three: Dictator Games
Close to the edge
The return of the lost letter, and other encounters

4. Crime and punishment
The spreading of disorder and the maintenance of antisocial behaviour
Littering and crime reports
The Theft Game
An experiment with information
The strange case of the norms effect that didn’t happen

5. From cradle to grave
Children’s use of the streets
Social trust through childhood
Social trust through adulthood
No country for old men

6. Being there
Perceptual experience and context sensitivity
An experiment with minibuses
The social diet

7. Conclusions and reflections
Summary and implications of findings
The economic grit and the cultural pearl
Structural change versus nudges
The ethics of representation and the value of ethnography


Daniel Nettle is Professor of Behavioural Science at Newcastle University. His varied research career has spanned a number of topics, from the behaviour of starlings to the origins of social inequality in human societies. His research is highly interdisciplinary and sits at the boundaries of the social, psychological and biological sciences. Daniel has published seven previous books, including Vanishing Voices (with Suzanne Romaine); Strong Imagination: Madness, Creativity and Human Nature; Happiness: The Science Behind your Smile; and Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are. Daniel has served as President of the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association, a council member of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and an editor of the journals Evolution and Human Behavior, Evolution, Medicine and Public Health, and the Proceedings of the Royal Society, B.

Open Data

The extensive dataset compiled by the author as part of the research project reported in this publication is freely available at https://osf.io/ys7g6/
An archived version of the dataset, preserving the data in the form it was at the time of publication, is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.17605/OSF.IO/W9Z2P