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Council life explored in Loughborough sociology lecture

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A Nottingham academic will share findings from a six-year study on one of the region’s most deprived council estates at Loughborough University’s 2013 Sociology Annual Lecture this month.

Dr Lisa McKenzie from the University of Nottingham has undertaken an in-depth, ethnographic study of St. Ann’s, an inner-city neighbourhood in Nottingham where she lives with her family.

Within the study, she has focussed on white mothers with mixed-race children, and on the relationships men have with their families, each other, and with the estate itself.

In her lecture ‘Belonging and exclusion: Council estate life in Nottingham’ she will discuss the importance of status and value within the lives of the men and women who live on the council estate, and the sense of belonging which has long been noted in relation to working class family life.

She will also consider how ‘belonging’ is understood today, particularly in poorer neighbourhoods.

Professor Karen O’Reilly who has organised the lecture said:

“Lisa is an excellent speaker who will give a fascinating insight into life on an East Midlands council estate. I am delighted she has agreed to be the guest speaker at our Sociology Annual Lecture.”

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 13 November from 3.30pm at Loughborough University’s Brockington Building (Room U020). The event is open to students, staff and members of the local community. Anyone interested in attending should contact Denise Wade on 01509 223368 or email


Notes for editors

Press release reference number: PR 13/210

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. It has been voted England's Best Student Experience for six years running in the Times Higher Education league, and in recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.


Amanda Overend
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