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Hannah Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310037

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310037.001.0001

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Contradictory narratives of cohesion

Contradictory narratives of cohesion

(p.31) Two Contradictory narratives of cohesion
Negotiating cohesion, inequality and change

Hannah Jones

Policy Press

Understanding community cohesion policy as bound to particular events, times and places conjures a set of easily digestible stories which can be readily referred to in conversation and negotiations (riots in Oldham in 2001; election of racist councillors in Barking and Dagenham in 2006; new migration into Peterborough throughout the 2000s; long-standing diversity in Hackney). Within these narratives there is much to be learned from observing what is silenced, as well as what is spoken. This chapter provides both a factual background to the key events in the development of community cohesion policy, and a guide to some of the ways these moments have been and can be fitted together to make sense of policy worlds.

Keywords:   community cohesion, narrative, riots, migration, superdiversity, multiculture

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