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City mattersCompetitiveness, cohesion and urban governance$
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Martin Boddy and Michael Parkinson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9781861344458

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.001.0001

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Whose hidden assets? Inner-city potential for social cohesion and economic competitiveness

Whose hidden assets? Inner-city potential for social cohesion and economic competitiveness

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(p.286) (p.287) Sixteen Whose hidden assets? Inner-city potential for social cohesion and economic competitiveness
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City matters
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Jo Foord

Norman Ginsburg

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861344458.003.0016

This chapter examines the potential contribution of inner cities for enhancing social cohesion and the economic competitiveness in the cities of Great Britain. It evaluates the extent of social capital to be found in poor communities, and discusses the emergence, scale, and significance of multicultural and creative enclaves within some inner-city locations. The chapter argues that there is substantial endogenous or hidden social capital in some poor areas, and that this is often isolated from wider power structures, and is, hence, insufficiently recognised and used in regeneration initiatives.

Keywords:   inner cities, social cohesion, economic competitiveness, Great Britain, social capital, poor areas

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