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White Working-Class VoicesMulticulturalism, community-building and change$
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Harris Beider

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313953

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313953.001.0001

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Integrated and equal: similar challenges and opportunities

Integrated and equal: similar challenges and opportunities

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White Working-Class Voices

Harris Beider

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This chapter provides community perspectives on national policy frameworks such as community cohesion and integration. Rather than bringing communities together they were seen as imposing doctrinaire solutions that favoured some groups and not others. White working class communities did not view themselves as being part of these policy debates and were unclear and critical of overarching concepts. A common criticism was the perception that policies were ‘top down’ and delivered by remote government when the need was for ‘bottom up’ conversations and delivery. Scepticism of community cohesion and integration and the role of government did not mean support for extreme right wing political organisations. Instead white working class communities wanted fairness not favours and initiatives embedded in lived experiences of diverse groups.

Keywords:   community cohesion, top down government, political exclusion, grassroots involvement

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