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Negotiating cohesion, inequality and changeUncomfortable positions in local government$
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Hannah Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310037

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310037.001.0001

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Contradictory narratives of cohesion

Contradictory narratives of cohesion

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(p.31) Two Contradictory narratives of cohesion
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Negotiating cohesion, inequality and change
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Hannah Jones

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310037.003.0003

Understanding community cohesion policy as bound to particular events, times and places conjures a set of easily digestible stories which can be readily referred to in conversation and negotiations (riots in Oldham in 2001; election of racist councillors in Barking and Dagenham in 2006; new migration into Peterborough throughout the 2000s; long-standing diversity in Hackney). Within these narratives there is much to be learned from observing what is silenced, as well as what is spoken. This chapter provides both a factual background to the key events in the development of community cohesion policy, and a guide to some of the ways these moments have been and can be fitted together to make sense of policy worlds.

Keywords:   community cohesion, narrative, riots, migration, superdiversity, multiculture

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