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Race, Housing and Community. Perspectives on Policy and Practice. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 2177154
  • Book
  • February 2012
  • 304 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
This book provides an important new contribution to debates around housing policy and its impact on community cohesion.

There has never been a more prescient time to discuss these concepts: the book provides an interpretation of housing, race and community cohesion in a highly politicized and fluid policy context. It is designed to initiate discussion and debate but this should not be esoteric and limited to a group of academics. Rather the objective is to bridge academic and policy audiences in the hope that this fusion provides a basis for a new agenda to discuss these topics.

Race and community have been key features of social housing policy over the last 20 years with many high-profile interventions, from the proactive approach by the Housing Corporation to support black and minority ethnic housing associations, to the influential Cantle Report documenting segregation in towns and cities following riots, and the National Housing Federation led Race & Housing Inquiry leading to sector wide recommendations to achieve equality.

However, volume of policy interventions and reports has not been matched by academic outputs that co-ordinate, integrate and critically analyse 'race', housing and community.

Housing, Race & Community Cohesion is the first systematic overview of 'race', housing and community during this tumultuous period. The material presented is robust and research based but also directly engages with issues around policy and delivery. It is designed to reflect the interests both of the academic research community and policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. It is not rooted to specific policy interventions that could quickly date but instead focuses on developing new ways to analyse difficult issues that will help both students and practitioners now and in the future.

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Glossary ix

Acknowledgements xiv

1 Race, Housing and Community 1

Introduction 1

An early note about race 2

About this book 23

2 Housing Policy and Practice 27

Introduction 27

Policy context 28

Housing and community cohesion: a critique 31

Looking ahead: a new agenda? 36

Declining interest in race and housing:

from Macpherson to cohesion 39

The turning of the wheel: 'muscular liberalism' and integration 45

Conclusion: a housing journey through multiculturalism, cohesion and integration 49

3 Developing Cohesive Neighbourhoods in UK Cities: White Perspectives 51

Introduction 51

Race, culture and change 52

Connecting communities: a focus on white working class communities? 54

Whiteness: culture and pathology 56

Community cohesion, institutions and white communities 63

Housing, fairness and equity: case studies of three neighbourhoods in England 65

Conclusion 78

4 The Emergence of the Black Led Housing Sector 79

Introduction 79

The rise of race and housing 80

Organisational or system failure? 83

Declining interest in race and housing: the problem with regulation and representation 91

A recovery of the black and minority ethnic housing sector? 96

Conclusion 98

5 Housing, Communities and 'Recycled Racism' 103

Introduction 103

The emergence of super-diversity in the UK 104

Recycled racism 112

Conclusion 127

6 New Frameworks for Race, Housing and Community 129

Introduction 129

Towards a new approach to race and housing 135

Looking ahead: a new agenda? 139

Policy implications 142

Conclusion 149

Appendix A – Public Service Futures: the future of identify and belonging (OPM) 151

Appendix B – LGA guidance on community cohesion 193

Appendix C – Three Definitions of Community Cohesion 265

References 269

Index 277

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Harris Beider
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