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.

Welcome to ‘Monkey Island’: Identity and Community in Three Norwich Estates

Welcome to ‘Monkey Island’: Identity and Community in Three Norwich Estates
Welcome to ‘monkey island’: Identity and community in three norwich estates
BenRogaly and BeckyTaylorDepartment of Geography, University of Sussex

In the recent history of the welfare state, particular areas have been identified in official documents as ‘deprived’ (Damer, 1989; Power, 1996; Social Exclusion Unit, 1998). In response to this, the present government has channelled resources through the New Deal for Communities to selected neighbourhoods, including the North Earlham, Larkman and Marlpit (NELM) estates in Norwich. In this chapter we draw on an ongoing piece of research with estate residents to begin to explore questions regarding shifting social and spatial identity practices in the area.1

The New Deal for Communities has the idea of ‘community’ literally ‘at the ...

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