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.

Non-Binarized Identities of Similarity and Difference

Non-binarized identities of similarity and difference
AvtarBrahBirkbeck College, University of London

The chapters in this collection have amply demonstrated that questions of identity are central to debates about community cohesion. Whether the context is a prison, a segregated neighbourhood in Northern Ireland or a housing estate in Norwich the question of who people think they are, how they define the boundaries around ‘us’ and ‘them’ and what follows from their identifications with others proved to be key to understanding both emerging and historical patterns of social relations. Similarly, the policy position statements in Part One of the book demonstrated that the policymaker cannot get very far without bumping up against notions of identity: facts, theories and fantasies of commonality and diversity. ...

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