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Community cohesion in crisis?New dimensions of diversity and difference$
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John Flint and David Robinson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420244

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420244.001.0001

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Secession or cohesion? Exploring the impact of gated communities

Secession or cohesion? Exploring the impact of gated communities

(p.239) twelve Secession or cohesion? Exploring the impact of gated communities
Community cohesion in crisis?

Sarah Blandy

Policy Press

This chapter examines the consequences for social cohesion of the increasing number of gated communities in England. An assessment of the evidence on the levels of community cohesion within such developments is provided. One section explores the broad social cohesion outcomes of locating gated communities in their wider neighbourhood contexts. A five-part typology of ‘host’ neighbourhoods in which gated communities may be situated is developed in the chapter. It is concluded that the processes of social secession which are evident in the arrival of gated communities needs a national government response that puts these forms of residential developments in a community cohesion and planning framework.

Keywords:   social cohesion, gated communities, social secession, community cohesion, planning framework

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