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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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Welfare state institutions and secessionary neighbourhood spaces

Welfare state institutions and secessionary neighbourhood spaces

(p.159) eight Welfare state institutions and secessionary neighbourhood spaces
Community cohesion in crisis?

John Flint

Policy Press

This chapter looks at how certain forms of welfare-state institutions are conceptualised within the community-cohesion agenda. The examples of state-funded faith schools, social-housing-allocation policies, and black and minority ethnic (BME) housing associations are used. These show how the welfare state is a rather controversial site of contestation over the relationships of different ethnic and religious groups, as well as the compact between citizen and state. The author presents evidence that neither BME housing associations nor faith schools are inherently divisive institutions within local neighbourhoods.

Keywords:   welfare-state institutions, faith schools, social housing, housing associations, welfare state

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