‘Where we belong’ is part of an ongoing research project that demonstrates the connections between the people and places of Glasgow’s East End. For many years there has been stigma attached to the community that relates to, ‘The Glasgow Effect’. A national study indicated that issues including addiction, health, crime, housing, and limited employment opportunities, have all played a part in the low life expectancy of the population.
The National Records of Scotland report indicated males in Glasgow on average live until around 54.6 years when only 7 miles away in East Dunbartonshire the male population exceeds this by 15.2 years (Armstrong 2021). Mike Savage comments “Simply noting that Britain is highly unequal, and getting more so, is not enough to put a handle on how people experience these inequalities in their own lives and how they understand the divisions they see around them.” (Savage 2015:64), it begs the question, do these factors prevent a more deprived community breaking free from the ingloriousness?