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.
Prejudice, Intergroup Contact and Identity: Do Neighbourhoods Matter?
If newspaper headlines can be believed, members of different ethnic, racial and religious groups still live largely separate lives in contemporary Britain and Northern Ireland: ‘Four out of 10 whites do not want black neighbour, poll shows’ (The Guardian, 19 January 2004); ‘90% of whites have few or no black friends’ (The Guardian, 19 July 2004). But what are the implications of living together, or living apart? In this contribution we explore different, pessimistic and optimistic, perspectives on mixing and consider what the available data tell us.1 We then present some data from our own recent research in Northern ...