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Social Capital and Community Cohesion: The Role of Social Housing in Building Cohesive Communities

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Social Capital and Community Cohesion: The Role of Social Housing in Building Cohesive Communities by Kemi Atanda ILORI

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This book is a critical study of social housing in the UK between 1997 and 2010. In that period, following the riots in 2001 in some northern cities in England, the government of Tony Blair crafted the policy of community cohesion around the importance of social capital, and focused their housing policies on making social housing a vehicle of community cohesion. Dr Kemi Atanda Ilori examines this policy initiative as it developed in certain housing locales in Bradford, one of the cities affected by the riots in 2001. Exploring key theories in social capital, particularly, Putnam’s and governmentality, particularly, Foucault’s, Ilori argues that the experiences of residents in racially mixed social housing locales appear to suggest that social housing as a vehicle of community cohesion can only succeed when residents in racially segregated communities de-emphasise the ethnic and cultural barriers that wall them in and keep others out. For this they need interculturalism, not multiculturalism.

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