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Identity, Ethnic Diversity and Community Cohesion

by Margaret Wetherell, Michelynn Lafleche and Robert Berkeley SAGE Publications Ltd
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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.

Community Cohesion and Identity Dynamics: Dilemmas and Challenges - Margaret Wetherell POLICY STANDPOINTS: AGENCIES AND UTTERANCES The Case for Progressive Solidarity - Henry Tam Building an Integrated Society - Nick Johnson Identity Formation and Change in British Muslim Communities - Dilwar Hussain Policy, Identity and Community Cohesion: How Race Equality Fits - Omar Khan IDENTITIES IN COMMUNITY CONTEXTS: FOUR CASE STUDIES Welcome to 'Monkey Island': Identity and Community in Three Norwich Estates - Ben Rogaly and Becky Taylor Ethnicity, Identity and Community Cohesion in Prison - Coretta Phillips Home, Identity and Community Cohesion - Simon Clarke, Rosie Gilmour and Steve Garner Prejudice, Intergroup Contact and Identity: Do Neighbourhoods Matter? - Miles Hewstone, Nicole Tausch, Joanne Hughes and Ed Cairns REFLECTIONS AND THE WAY AHEAD: TOWARDS NEW DIALOGUES Cohesive Identities: The Distance between Meaning and Understanding - Claire Alexander Acknowledged Identities: a Common Endeavour or Wider Hostilities? - Kate Gavron Reasoned Identities: a Committed Relationship - Bhikhu Parekh Non-binarized Identities of Similarity and Difference - Avtar Brah

Margaret Wetherell is Professor of Social Psychology at the Open University and Director of the ESRC Identities and Social Action Programme. Michelynn Lafl├Ęche, 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.