This book debates these questions and explores the concept of identity and how its different meanings and interpretations impact upon community policy. The chapters bring together leading academics, policymakers, think-tank representatives, and community workers to debate the connections between ethnic diversity, identity, and community cohesion.

Introduction: Community Cohesion and Identity Dynamics: Dilemmas and Challenges

Introduction: Community cohesion and identity dynamics: Dilemmas and challenges
MargaretWetherellESRC Identities and Social Action Programme

This book reports from various front-lines of the ‘cohesive community’, from those engaged in developing, implementing and evaluating community cohesion policies, those researching communities and identities, and from those living in communities targeted by cohesion interventions. The concept of community cohesion has been one of the UK Labour government's most durable frameworks for thinking through issues of ethnic diversity and conflict. It is increasingly proposed as a remedy also for declining levels of political participation and civic involvement. Yet at the heart of the idea of community cohesion remain some profound puzzles about the dynamics of group identities, the tensions between common values ...

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