What is meant by community? Is there a balance between equality, integration, and diversity? Does the idea of identity undermine community cohesion?
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. Key Features
- Chapters highlighting the connections between theory, practice, and policy
- Topicality of contributions that are up-to-date in terms of contemporary policy
- Author commentaries and ‘reflections’ on key themes and case studies that strengthen the connection and relevance of research to ‘real life’
- A leading group of editors and authors: the ESRC Identities Programme and the Runnymede Trust lend a wealth of research and policymaking experience
This original and innovative book makes a distinctive contribution to debates about identity. It will be of interest to those studying social policy, community studies, politics, and sociology as well as for policymakers, researchers, and those working in the public sector.