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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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Assessing the impact of social cohesion initiatives in a media age: methodological and theoretical considerations

Assessing the impact of social cohesion initiatives in a media age: methodological and theoretical considerations

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(p.121) Six Assessing the impact of social cohesion initiatives in a media age: methodological and theoretical considerations
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Promoting social cohesion
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Roger Grimshaw

Kate Smart

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847426956.003.0007

This chapter develops the methodological and theoretical thinking about how to assess cohesion initiatives in an age of heightened and diverse media communications. It also describes how the concept of ‘community’ can be socially understood within a global and local social context in which complex communication systems shape its meanings. The chapter uses an illustrative case study, drawing on the methods and findings of a specific research project concerned with aspects of cohesion in a large metropolis: London. The conclusions show that any assessment of strategies for increasing cohesion must take into account the ways in which communication flows influence perceptions and attitudes. The study found clear evidence of negative, unbalanced, and inaccurate reporting, most significantly in the national press, which reported on asylum and refugee issues far more frequently than either the local or Black and minority ethnic press.

Keywords:   social cohesion, cohesion initiatives, media communications, London, national press, community

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