Local social networks and resources in two Dutch neighborhoods

F. Pinkster, B.G.M. Völker

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Much research in neighbour relations is inspired by two research questions. First, it is necessary to know to which degree social contacts are local and in particular whether local social contacts in disadvantaged neighbourhoods bear an instrumental disadvantage. Second, it is necessary to know whether policies aiming at mixing people from different social and ethnic backgrounds result in more diverse networks and therefore in better opportunities for low-income residents. To address these questions, this paper compares the role of local relationships and the social resources they provide in a low-income neighbourhood and a socio-economic mixed neighbourhood in the Netherlands. Contrary to assumptions in the research literature, residents in the low-income neighbourhood do not differ from their counterparts in the mixed neighbourhood in the degree to which they receive social support for dealing with everyday problems. However, networks of low-income residents provided fewer resources in terms of accessed prestige.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-244
Number of pages18
JournalHousing Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • social resources neighbourhood effects
  • social networks
  • housing policy
  • neighbourhoods
  • Social housing

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