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Cultural Intermediaries Connecting CommunitiesRevisiting Approaches to Cultural Engagement$
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Phil Jones, Beth Perry, and Paul Long

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447344995

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447344995.001.0001

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Engineering cohesion: a reflection on academic practice in a community‑based setting

Engineering cohesion: a reflection on academic practice in a community‑based setting

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(p.167) Eleven Engineering cohesion: a reflection on academic practice in a community‑based setting
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Cultural Intermediaries Connecting Communities
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Arshad Isakjee

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447344995.003.0012

Social policies in the United Kingdom have undergone a ‘community turn’ over the last two decades, with emphasis increasingly on ‘community cohesion’ rather than ‘social disadvantage’ and exclusion. Whilst academics have explored this trend, there is less reflective work on academic community-based practice that operates on the same terrain. This chapter offers critical self-reflection of our academic practice within the community budgeting and commissioning phase in Balsall Heath, Birmingham. Reflecting on the processes of bringing different parts of the Balsall Heath community together for the project, we consider not just the challenges of ‘constructing community’ in this way, but also, the logics that underpin it.

Keywords:   Community, Culture, Cohesion, Academic practice, self-reflection

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