In recent decades increased mobility, longer life expectancy and the breakdown of the extended family have changed the way we live our lives, and the extent to which we are able to be ‘neighbourly’.

This think-piece reviews the way people interact with their neighbours (neighbouring) in contemporary Britain and questions whether we still need good neighbouring relationships (neighbourliness) to improve our wellbeing and our happiness. It explores what we know about neighbouring and identifies issues for further research.

Written in 2006 and updated in August 2010.

Community wellbeing

Posted on: 5 June 2006

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