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.
Chapter 11: Acknowledged Identities: A Common Endeavour or Wider Hostilities?
Acknowledged Identities: A Common Endeavour or Wider Hostilities?
In the July 2006 issue of Prospect there was an extended cry of despair by an ex-resident of a 1960s estate of social housing on the outskirts of Birmingham. The author, Lynsey Hanley, spent her childhood and youth living on the almost entirely white estate, and describes her feelings of guilt and relief at having escaped to the world beyond the estate, a world of greater aspiration and generosity of spirit. For what stimulated the article was the election in May 2006 of a BNP councillor in the ward containing the estate. To her, white working-class racism is not an understandable reaction to dislocation of communities, relocation to ...