Imagining and managing change
I have separated professionals’ and lay narratives in part to highlight the difference in cultural capital that residents and professionals command on entering a dialogue, a difference echoed in the change in tone and style of language used. These interviews hint at a gulf between positions.1 Where these professional scripts differ, of course, is in their more explicit use of specialist discourses and knowledge. I want in this chapter to explore the causal explanations embedded in their accounts of the area’s decline. These are presented as professional theories and delivered in such a way as to stress the rationality of the speakers, presenting themselves as credible and knowledgeable about the area and its problems.