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.

Policy, Identity and Community Cohesion: How Race Equality Fits

Policy, identity and community cohesion: How race equality fits
OmarKhanThe Runnymede Trust

Providing linkages between policies and concepts is a difficult enterprise but one that is necessary for justifying and ultimately evaluating the implementation of government measures. A good way of foregrounding the importance of concepts in justifying policy is by asking the related questions: Who benefits? And what benefits do they receive? In relation to the key terms of this volume, it may be tempting to respond by answering that the beneficiaries are various identity groups, and that the benefit they receive is increased community cohesion. However, the simplicity of such a response belies the difficulty not only for the concepts in question – as we go ...

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