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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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Housing, spatial patterns and social cohesion

Housing, spatial patterns and social cohesion

(p.162) (p.163) Eight Housing, spatial patterns and social cohesion
Promoting social cohesion

Peter Ratcliffe

Policy Press

This chapter explores how housing policy should be evaluated in relation to the cohesion debate. It also reorientates housing-policy debates around the core theme of social, as distinct from ‘community’, cohesion. The significance of housing quality and the built environment is explained. The dominant social-policy focus on ethnic segregation, infused with the suggestion that communities have begun to exhibit ‘parallel lives’, is a relatively recent phenomenon. The chapter then addresses the key questions: how can access to good-quality housing can be improved?; and how can more stable and cohesive neighbourhoods be promoted? In addition, it elaborates the increasing access to social housing, the problem of ‘racial steering’, and deploying regeneration policy so as to promote greater ‘social mix’. There is some evidence that mixed-tenure developments may enhance interaction between residents from different backgrounds.

Keywords:   housing policy, spatial patterns, social cohesion, social policy, ethnic segregation, racial steering, neighbourhoods

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