The Emergence of Community Cohesion

  • Paul Thomas
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


The Introduction chapter outlined how UK government policy towards ‘race relations’ (Solomos, 2003), how government responds to and manages the reality of identified ethnic groups within society and how those groups interact, has changed markedly since 2001 with the emergence of the new policy priority of community cohesion. Not only was community cohesion a new term with little previous social policy pedigree (Robinson, 2005) but it has heralded a marked change in language, emphasis and stated policy priorities, and the nature and meaning of those changes remains highly controversial (Flint and Robinson, 2008; Wetherell et al., 2007). This chapter explores this new policy of community cohesion by analysing the 2001 urban disturbances that provoked this significant policy shift, the process of national (Cantle, 2001; Denham, 2001) and local (Clarke, 2001; Ouseley, 2001; Ritchie, 2001) governmental Inquiries and reflection that led to the emergence of community cohesion, and the key themes and concerns that can be detected within community cohesion.


Social Capital Policy Approach Race Relation Asian Community Community Cohesion 
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© Paul Thomas 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Thomas
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  1. 1.University of HuddersfieldUK

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