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Community cohesion in crisis?New dimensions of diversity and difference$
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John Flint and David Robinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420244

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420244.001.0001

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Employment and disconnection: cultures of worklessness in neighbourhoods

Employment and disconnection: cultures of worklessness in neighbourhoods

(p.99) five Employment and disconnection: cultures of worklessness in neighbourhoods
Community cohesion in crisis?

Del Roy Fletcher

Policy Press

This chapter references a historical study of the Manor Estate in Sheffield in order to critique the policy rationales that connect labour-market behaviour to the ‘disconnection’ of deprived communities. The study shows the inadequacy of cultural theories in explaining the social and/or physical isolation of particular populations. The chapter also reveals how modern concerns regarding a crisis in community cohesion ignore similar concerns about neighbourhoods like the Manor Estate in earlier historical periods.

Keywords:   Manor Estate, Sheffield, policy rationales, labour market, deprived communities, inadequacy, cultural theories, isolation, modern concerns, community cohesion

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