chapter  10
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Towards a governance of just sustainability

I have, throughout the book, presented multiple experiences and explanations of the changes seen on this estate. Though variously constituted, community was amongst all used as a vision of a state of untroubled stability and security, contrasted with the reality with which they were faced (Bauman 2001). Differing explanations for the failure to produce that imagined ideal, or for its disappearance, I have suggested, say as much about those voicing them and their (dis)position as the problems they identify. Although differing in important ways, not least in how they attribute blame, these accounts all pivot around accounts of the failure of the local state, exposing notions of legitimate governance. For residents, it is the poor relationships with local authorities, as much as within the community, that many associate with decline.