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Social cohesion and counter-terrorismA policy contradiction?$
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Charles Husband

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428011

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428011.001.0001

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Community Cohesion: its development and limitations

Community Cohesion: its development and limitations

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(p.16) (p.17) Two Community Cohesion: its development and limitations
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Social cohesion and counter-terrorism
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Husband Charles

Alam Yunis

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428011.003.0002

This chapter describes the development of the Community Cohesion policy in Britain. It starts by placing the development of Community Cohesion within the context of British ethnic relations. Among the issues discussed is the early history of ‘race riots’ and the response to them, as the response to the 1981 riots and the subsequent Scarman Report has a significant role in framing the response to the more recent events. The chapter further highlights the ideological nature of Community Cohesion as policy and discourse. The murder of Stephen Lawrence was the result of a racist attack. Among the findings of The Macpherson Report, it concluded that the police had failed to carry out its duties due to a range of factors including institutionalised racism, professional incompetence, and a lack of leadership on the part of senior officers. Racism had not been eliminated by the last five decades of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Community Cohesion, Britain, British ethnic relations, race riots, Scarman Report, Macpherson Report, 1981 riots, racism

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