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Lived diversitiesSpace, place and identities in the multi-ethnic city$
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Charles Husband, Yunis Alam, Jorg Huettermann, and Joanna Fomina

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447315643

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447315643.001.0001

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Conclusion: recognising diversity and planning for coexistence

Conclusion: recognising diversity and planning for coexistence

(p.201) Chapter Seven Conclusion: recognising diversity and planning for coexistence
Lived diversities

Charles Husband

Yunis Alam

Jörg Hüttermann

Joanna Fomina

Policy Press

In the concluding chapter we draw out some of the themes to emerge across across the book and then ask a quiet: So what? The data assembled above does much to challenge the simplistic notions of inner city ethnic relations that has been found articulated in government policy and in the confident assertions of certain cultural commentators. The daily viability of life on the streets of Manningham, with its capacity of individuals to rub along together, exposes the political agendas behind the neurotic pessimism regarding British multicultural competence. Manningham is not a fairy tale place of joyous multi-ethnic coexistence; but it is a working example of peoples’ ability to identify with an area that has a markedly diverse demography, and to make lives there together. This reality then raises the question of what model do we have in play when we speak about improving inter-ethnic relations. If we wish to move toward advancing a policy framework for facilitating equitable co-existence, in a society that is beyond question multi-ethnic, then it is necessary to explore the principles we need to make explicit and the values that we need to invoke. The latter part of this final chapter provides a brief attempt to address this challenge.

Keywords:   Islam, intergroup posturing, masculinities, multicultural coexistence, challenging racism, multicultural civility, differentiated citizenship

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