Incomers versus Locals: a critical examination of the impact on community life which the immigration of commuters has had in an English village

Makin, Lisa (2006) Incomers versus Locals: a critical examination of the impact on community life which the immigration of commuters has had in an English village. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Rural locations within commuting distance of London have become highly sought after areas to live, particularly for the urban middle classes. The influx of new residents into once traditional, closely knit villages has caused conflicts in some villages causing many locals to feel a sense of community has been lost. In view of the contemporary nature of this topic and the limited research in this area, there is a need for a specific investigation into the effects on community in these changing villages at this time. This paper looks at a commuter village, known in this study as Amberville, and attempts to establish how the incoming residents have affected community life within the village. Drawing on material obtained from questionnaires, interviews with residents, and secondary data from the 2001 census and local planning department, this paper shows that although some locals did not like change and felt that the incomers had taken over their village, the majority felt that incoming residents had given the village a new lease of life. All incomers felt that a strong sense of community existed within the village however this was possibly due to the urban areas that they had moved from.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/212

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