Social cohesion in diverse communities

Author: Hudson, Maria, Phillips, Joan, Ray, Kathryn and Barnes, Helen

Publisher: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Publication date: January 2007

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The study takes a critical look at the meaning of social cohesion for new and established residents in Moss Side in Manchester and North Tottenham in the London Borough of Haringey. It describes patterns of neighbourhood diversity and residents’ accounts of social interaction, within their own ethnic groups and across others. The report considers whether ethnic difference is a source of neighbourhood tensions, and the meaning of community and belonging. It draws on resident and service provider accounts to show the factors that hinder or promote social cohesion and gives recommendations for policy and practice.