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.

Home, Identity and Community Cohesion

Home, Identity and Community Cohesion

Home, identity and community cohesion
SimonClarke, RosieGilmour and SteveGarnerCentre for Psycho-Social Studies, University of the West of England

The idea of community has always been central to the construction of group and individual identity. It has been the site of moral panics about the disintegration of traditional community and values as well as very real concerns around racism and segregation (see T. Phillips, 2005). The notion of community is of central importance in contemporary policy and political thinking. So, for example, as Anna Marie Smith (1992) argues in the 1980s and early 1990s, new right Thatcherite policy concentrated on creating a hegemonic project which aimed at defining social space through the construction of outsider figures. Smith argues that the construction of demonized ...

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