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.

The Case for Progressive Solidarity

The Case for Progressive Solidarity

The case for progressive solidarity
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For at least the last two decades – since the ‘market above all’/‘loads of money’ outlook of the 1980s provoked a communitarian reaction in the 1990s – critics of social fragmentation have been arguing that we urgently needed to recover a real sense of solidarity. In this article I look at:

  • the symptoms of this problem of social fragmentation;
  • the merits of different diagnoses put forward; and
  • which out of the various prescriptions proposed we should follow.

Symptoms of Distress

What are the signs that people are pulling apart so much so that society may not be able to function cohesively? Many commentators have been struck by the decline in engagement with political processes and institutions. Fewer and fewer people ...

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