Friendship and Diversity

Class, Ethnicity and Social Relationships in the City

  • Carol Vincent
  • Sarah Neal
  • Humera Iqbal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Carol Vincent, Sarah Neal, Humera Iqbal
    Pages 1-27
  3. Carol Vincent, Sarah Neal, Humera Iqbal
    Pages 59-88
  4. Carol Vincent, Sarah Neal, Humera Iqbal
    Pages 89-122
  5. Carol Vincent, Sarah Neal, Humera Iqbal
    Pages 151-178
  6. Carol Vincent, Sarah Neal, Humera Iqbal
    Pages 207-222
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 223-243

About this book


Do people make friends with those who are culturally and socially different to themselves? Friendship and Diversity explores the social relationships of adults and children living in highly diverse localities in London. The authors examine how social class and ethnic difference affects the friendships of children in primary schools and their parents. The book draws on original and in-depth conversations 8 and 9 year olds about their classroom relationships, with parents about their own and their children’s friendships, and with teachers about supporting children’s friendships at school.  Through detailed discussions of friendships, everyday multiculture, and attitudes towards shared social space, cultural difference and social class, the authors reveal what these friendships tell us about the nature and extent of social mixing and social divisions in cities with diverse populations.

Friendship and Diversity will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, geography and psychology, as well as education practitioners. 


urban environment place and identity primary school London gentrification children's networks multiculture

Authors and affiliations

  • Carol Vincent
    • 1
  • Sarah Neal
    • 2
  • Humera Iqbal
    • 3
  1. 1.UCL Institute of EducationUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of Sociological StudiesUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.UCL Institute of EducationUniversity College LondonLondon United Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73000-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73001-1
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