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Getting By: Estates, Class and Culture in Austerity Britain

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  8 reviews
While the 1% rule, poor neighbourhoods have become the subject of public concern and media scorn, blamed for society's ills. This unique book redresses the balance. Lisa Mckenzie lived on the St Ann’s estate in Nottingham for more than 20 years. Her ‘insider’ status enables us to hear the stories of its residents, often wary of outsiders. St Ann's has been stigmatised as a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published March 15th 2015 by Policy Press (first published January 14th 2015)
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Titus Hjelm
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fierce, fantastic book. Based on solid ethnographic work, yet personal and written in an accessible way. Some will decry it as political. Well, hell yes, it is--and should be! Required reading for anyone interested in public or activist sociology. The only thing lacking was another round of edits where some repetition could have been cut, but that's a minor detail. ...more
Jonathan Norton
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The real deal. The book everyone in Parliament needs to read, especially if they're a Tory MP and hate every page of it. Lisa McKenzie is pretty much the only person worth listening to on the question of why poor people voted Leave in the 2016 referendum (and thus why Remain lost), although that isn't covered here. There are a couple of typos that could have been fixed here and there, but that's the minor negative I've got. The Kindle edition should have a Sleaford Mods album playing as continuo ...more
Stefan Szczelkun
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. ‘Getting By’ is unusual for being a eight year study of working class life on the St Ann’s estate in Nottingham, written by a working class woman who was living on the estate being studied. The writer is able to maintain her own rhetorical style whilst negotiating academic requirements with a light touch making it accessible to a general readership.

What stands out for me is the resilient community connections that are maintained in St Anns, whilst under siege
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Susie
Oct 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really wonderful book! Super brain opening! Read if you're a person interested in other people but especially if you think you might have accidentally fallen victim to the world's ease at demonising the working classes! ...more
Marion Husband
Jun 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Needs a good editor
Gabriella Mastrelli
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Books like this need to be written, read, shared and understood. More often than not, stigmatised communities are very poorly understood or appreciated by the outside world so I'm very glad that Lisa Mackenzie captured and shone a light on her community in this body of research.
One point I did find bizarre about her research was that she seemed to focus exclusively on white mothers and black men, leaving the reader wondering about other groups in the community who were only mentioned casually i
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Amy Alice
Feb 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a hard one to review. So. This is clearly an academic text that has also been published. The level of academic writing was not great. Repetitive and the insertion of self was quite cringey at times, not something I would let my pgce students get away with so it was surprising that this came from a research fellow. Anyway. Snobbish bit out of the way.
This looks in great depth at the estate in Nottingham called St Anns. It's infamous
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Tim
Mar 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Four stars for being important, certainly not for enjoyment factor.
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