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Contested communities : Experiences, struggles, policies - Paul Hoggett

Contested communities

Experiences, struggles, policies

By: Paul Hoggett (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st July 1997
ISBN: 9781861340368
Number Of Pages: 268

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'Community' is a much used yet little understood term. Through a set of detailed case studies of communities in action this book examines the sources of community activism, the ways in which communities define themselves, and are defined by outsiders, and the nature of the interface between communities and public agencies via partnerships. The essays indicate how communities are sites for internal conflict between the young and old, men and women, and for external conflict with local and central government and other public agencies. The important role of women is another strong theme. Contested communities

provides detailed pictures of community life on run-down estates in some of Britain's most deprived communities; looks at the way in which local government reorganisation has been influenced by ideas of community; examines some of the problems of partnership; looks at new directions in community organising, such as networking.

A vivid picture of people struggling to keep community spirit alive in the face of crime, apathy and public ignorance is built, showing that policies relating to crime prevention and economic regeneration are often made in ignorance of the complexity and variety of communities, often with negative effects. This book seeks to remedy this problem and as such will be highly relevant to both policy makers and practitioners, as well as to students and researchers in the field of public and social policy.

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"... a useful, readable, and illuminating collection of papers on community as lived experience, on community as a site for collective resistance and struggle, and community as a focus for policy interventions." Community Development Journal

Notes on contributors
Contested communitiesp. 3
What do we know about the neighbours? Sociological perspectives on neighbouring and communityp. 17
"It's all right 'round here if you're local": community in the inner cityp. 33
"You've fucked up the estate and now you're carrying a briefcase!"p. 51
Community without unityp. 68
The dialogics of 'community': language and identity in a housing scheme in the West of Scotlandp. 84
Taken away from community: older people and sheltered housingp. 105
Getting a fix on community identity: the catalyst of the local government reviewp. 125
Local government and communityp. 144
Community networking: developing strength through diversityp. 165
Do the people want power? The social responsibilities of empowering communitiesp. 180
Community participation and urban regeneration in Britainp. 201
Bibliographyp. 222
Indexp. 250
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ISBN: 9781861340368
ISBN-10: 1861340362
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.8  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36