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Changing local governance, changing citizens$
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Catherine Durose, Stephen Greasley, and Liz Richardson

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422170

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422170.001.0001

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Can we promote cohesion through contact? Intergroup contact and the development of community cohesion

Can we promote cohesion through contact? Intergroup contact and the development of community cohesion

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(p.90) (p.91) Six Can we promote cohesion through contact? Intergroup contact and the development of community cohesion
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Changing local governance, changing citizens
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Matthew J. Goodwin

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847422170.003.0006

This chapter discusses the concept of ‘community cohesion’ and the role of group contact within this field. The concept of community cohesion emerged following urban disturbances in parts of northern England in summer 2001. It seeks to promote a more inclusive notion of citizenship, identity, and belonging, and the development of integrated communities that while ethno-culturally diverse, are grounded in a set of shared values and understandings. According to the report of the Commission for Integration and Cohesion, community cohesion is the process that must happen in all communities to ensure different groups of people get on well together; while integration is principally the process that ensures new residents and existing residents adapt to one another. The chapter explores the wider theoretical and empirical base that underpins the contact approach. While the contact approach is supported by a large body of evidence, it poses a number of challenges for policy makers and practitioners. Finally, the chapter raises several questions concerning the implementation and effects of contact-based interventions.

Keywords:   community cohesion, citizenship, contact approach, England, integration

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