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Identity, ethnic diversity and community cohesion
Publication Information:
London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage, 2007.
Physical Description:
xiii, 161 p. ; 24 cm.

General Note:
"This book came about as a result of a seminar hosted in September 2005 by the Royal Geographical Society."--P. [vii].


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What is meant by community? Is there a balance between equality, integration and diversity? Does the idea of identity undermine community cohesion?

Identity, Ethnic Diversity and Community Cohesion considers these questions and explores the concept of identity and how its different meanings and interpretations impact upon community policy. The book brings together the ideas and perspectives of leading academics, policymakers, think-tank representatives, and community workers, offering a cutting-edge and interprofessional approach to the key debates.

Other key features include:

- strong links between theory, practice and policy

- up-to-date analysis of contemporary policy issues

- author commentaries, ′reflections′ on key themes, and case studies that illustrate the relevance of research to ′real life′

- a leading group of editors and authors - the ESRC Identities Programme and the Runnymede Trust represent a wealth of research and policymaking experience.

This original and innovative book makes a distinctive contribution to debates about identity, ethnicity and community cohesion. It is of interest to those studying social policy, community studies, politics and sociology as well as being relevant for policymakers, researchers and those working in the public sector.

Margaret Wetherell is Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University and Director of the ESRC Identities and Social Action Programme. Michelynn Laflèche , Director of the Runnymede Trust, has headed the Trust′s work programme and strategic policy direction since 2001. Robert Berkeley , a sociologist with a PhD from Trinity College, Oxford, is Deputy Director of the Runnymede Trust.

Table of Contents

Community Cohesion and Identity Dynamics: Dilemmas and ChallengesMargaret Wetherell
Policy Standpoints: Agencies and Utterances
The Case for Progressive SolidarityHenry Tam
Building an Integrated SocietyNick Johnson
Identity Formation and Change in British Muslim CommunitiesDilwar Hussain
Policy, Identity and Community Cohesion: How Race Equality FitsOmar Khan
Identities in Community Contexts: Four Case Studies
Welcome to 'Monkey Island': Identity and Community in Three Norwich EstatesBen Rogaly and Becky Taylor
Ethnicity, Identity and Community Cohesion in PrisonCoretta Phillips
Home, Identity and Community CohesionSimon Clarke and Rosie Gilmour and Steve Garner
Prejudice, Intergroup Contact and Identity: Do Neighbourhoods Matter?Miles Hewstone and Nicole Tausch and Joanne Hughes and Ed Cairns
Reflections and the Way Ahead: Towards New Dialogues
Cohesive Identities: The Distance between Meaning and UnderstandingClaire Alexander
Acknowledged Identities: a Common Endeavour or Wider Hostilities?Kate Gavron
Reasoned Identities: a Committed RelationshipBhikhu Parekh
Non-binarized Identities of Similarity and DifferenceAvtar Brah