Community cohesion in crisis?: New dimensions of diversity by John Flint, David Robinson

By John Flint, David Robinson

There is an alleged concern of unity within the united kingdom, manifested in debates approximately identification and 'Britishness', the breakdown of social connections alongside the fault traces of geography, ethnicity, religion, source of revenue and age, and the delicate dating among citizen and kingdom. This publication examines how those new dimensions of variety and distinction, so usually debated within the nationwide context, are rising on the neighbourhood point. members from more than a few disciplinary backgrounds seriously verify, and transcend the boundaries of, modern coverage discourses on 'community harmony' to discover the dynamics of variety and harmony inside of neighbourhoods and to spot new dimensions of disconnection among and inside neighbourhoods. The chapters supply theoretically knowledgeable opinions of the coverage responses of public, deepest, voluntary and group agencies and current a wealth of recent empirical examine proof in regards to the dynamics of harmony in united kingdom neighbourhoods. themes lined contain new immigration, faith and social capital, religion colleges, labour and housing marketplace disconnections, neighbourhood territoriality, details know-how and neighbourhood building, and gated groups. "Community harmony in crisis?" might be of curiosity to lecturers, coverage makers, practitioners and scholars within the fields of human and concrete geography, city experiences, sociology, politics, governance, social coverage, criminology and housing studies.

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The existence of these problematised places, as well as the process of their production, has been thrown into doubt. Even if one was happy to ignore such evidence, as the community cohesion agenda chooses to do, various unanswered questions surround the proposed responses to the problem of community cohesion. How is the greater residential integration deemed necessary to be promoted? Does the commitment exist to release the brakes on the residential dispersal discussed above? Even assuming that residential integration proceeds apace, will the fruits of social interaction inevitably follow?

Commission on Integration and Cohesion (2007) Our shared future, London: Commission on Integration and Cohesion. Community Cohesion Independent Review Team (2001) (Cantle Report) Community cohesion: A report of the Independent Review Team, chaired by Ted Cantle, London: Home Office. Community Cohesion Panel (2004) ‘The end of parallel lives? gov. uk/publications/communities/endparallellives, accessed February 2008). , Dogan, R. and Sanderson, A. (2005) ‘Community and communitarianism: A philosophical investigation’, Community Development Journal, vol 40, no 1, pp 4–16.

Sustaining the narrative of community cohesion demands an indifferent attitude towards evidence and elucidation. Evidence that complicates or refutes the fundamental principles of the agenda has to be ignored. The challenge facing the government after the 2001 disturbances and subsequent events in New York City and London was the generation 28 Community cohesion and the politics of communitarianism of what Stone (1989) refers to as a causal story that ‘sounded right’ and identified the cause of harm.

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