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Marjorie Mayo

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329312

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329312.001.0001

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Public policies to promote community cohesion

Public policies to promote community cohesion

(p.145) Eight Public policies to promote community cohesion
Changing Communities

Marjorie Mayo

Policy Press

This chapter focuses upon strategies to respond to the darker sides of ‘community’, the more exclusionary sides, and the conflicts that can so easily be exacerbated within as well as between communities. Public policies have addressed these issues in more – or less- successful ways. Public policies can backfire, just as they can have the effect of reinforcing negative stereotypes of the ‘other’. This criticism has been applied to policies to promote community cohesion via ‘Prevent’ programmes against violent extremism, for example, in the context of the so-called ‘War on Terror’. The chapter concludes by focussing upon policy interventions that have been making a difference more constructively, supporting communities to identify shared interests, negotiating differences and developing solidarity in the process.

Keywords:   Prevent agendas, War on Terror, Community cohesion, Community conflicts, Violent extremism

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