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Promoting social cohesionImplications for policy and evaluation$
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Peter Ratcliffe and Ines Newman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847426956

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847426956.001.0001

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Migration, race and population dynamics

Migration, race and population dynamics

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Promoting social cohesion

Ludi Simpson

Policy Press

This chapter outlines the available approaches to understanding and interpreting local population change, in the context of government policy for community cohesion. It first addresses the claims that residential segregation is dangerous and friendship networks are polarised. The chapter then describes the existing advice on local demographic monitoring and provides further practical guidance to assist policy makers in developing the necessary contextual information for the evaluation of local initiatives. The ethnic composition of neighbourhoods and friendship networks still taxes the popular image of successful communities, and stimulates academic and government concerns. The importance of monitoring population composition in order to understand change has been repeatedly claimed but remains a gap in practice. Neighbourhood population studies do provide an essential context for policies of social cohesion, and suffer from a lack of updated information between Censuses of Population.

Keywords:   community cohesion, government policy, migration, race, population dynamics, friendship networks, neighbourhood population

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