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Urban renaissance?New Labour, community and urban policy$
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Rob Imrie and Mike Raco

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343802

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343802.001.0001

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Social capital, regeneration and urban policy

Social capital, regeneration and urban policy

(p.37) Two Social capital, regeneration and urban policy
Urban renaissance?

Ade Kearns

Policy Press

This chapter examines the relevance of social capital for urban regeneration and urban policy. It considers social capital as a multidimensional phenomenon that operates at different levels, and shows how the concept has emerged as a key element of both regeneration and urban policy, allied to agendas of community self-help and social cohesion, and to goals of reducing crime and antisocial behaviour. The chapter also discusses some of the dangers posed by such a strong reliance on social capital in public policy.

Keywords:   social capital, urban regeneration, urban policy, community self-help, social cohesion, crime reduction, antisocial behaviour

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