Migration and social cohesion in the UK

Hickman, Mary J. and Mai, Nicola and Crowley, Helen (2012) Migration and social cohesion in the UK. Identity Studies in the Social Sciences . Palgrave Macmillan, Houndmills, Basingstoke. ISBN 9780230243552

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Abstract

This book argues that social cohesion is achieved through people (new arrivals as well as the long-term settled) being able to resolve the conflicts and tensions within their day-to-day lives in ways that they find positive and viable. These everyday tensions and difficulties are not the result of segregated communities or introduced by problematic new arrivals but rather arise from the conditions of postindustrialism, individualism and neoliberalism. These social and economic forces shape the contours of people's everyday lives, varying according to where they live and the histories of those places. Most important are the histories and narratives of earlier migrations in each place. This book challenges the prevailing view that social cohesion is about the assimilation of new immigrants through acceptance of shared values of Britishness. Rather social cohesion is achieved through people's broad acceptance of a diverse Britain and by navigating the fine lines between separateness and commonalities/differences and unity in the places where they live.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Immigration; Immigrants; Social cohesion; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Britishness
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 302 Social interaction
300 Social sciences > 305 Social groups
300 Social sciences > 306 Culture & institutions
300 Social sciences > 307 Communities
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2013 09:55
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2013 09:55
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/624

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