DescriptionThis book provides an important new contribution to debates around housing policy and its impact on community cohesion.
There has never been a more prescient time to discuss these concepts: the book provides an interpretation of housing, race and community cohesion in a highly politicized and fluid policy context. It is designed to initiate discussion and debate but this should not be esoteric and limited to a group of academics. Rather the objective is to bridge academic and policy audiences in the hope that this fusion provides a basis for a new agenda to discuss these topics.
Race and community have been key features of social housing policy over the last 20 years with many high-profile interventions, from the proactive approach by the Housing Corporation to support black and minority ethnic housing associations, to the influential Cantle Report documenting segregation in towns and cities following riots, and the National Housing Federation led Race & Housing Inquiry leading to sector wide recommendations to achieve equality.
However, volume of policy interventions and reports has not been matched by academic outputs that co-ordinate, integrate and critically analyse 'race', housing and community.
Housing, Race & Community Cohesion is the first systematic overview of 'race', housing and community during this tumultuous period. The material presented is robust and research based but also directly engages with issues around policy and delivery. It is designed to reflect the interests both of the academic research community and policy makers on both sides of the Atlantic. It is not rooted to specific policy interventions that could quickly date but instead focuses on developing new ways to analyse difficult issues that will help both students and practitioners now and in the future.
1 Race, Housing and Community 1
An early note about race 2
About this book 23
2 Housing Policy and Practice 27
Policy context 28
Housing and community cohesion: a critique 31
Looking ahead: a new agenda? 36
Declining interest in race and housing:
from Macpherson to cohesion 39
The turning of the wheel: 'muscular liberalism' and integration 45
Conclusion: a housing journey through multiculturalism, cohesion and integration 49
3 Developing Cohesive Neighbourhoods in UK Cities: White Perspectives 51
Race, culture and change 52
Connecting communities: a focus on white working class communities? 54
Whiteness: culture and pathology 56
Community cohesion, institutions and white communities 63
Housing, fairness and equity: case studies of three neighbourhoods in England 65
4 The Emergence of the Black Led Housing Sector 79
The rise of race and housing 80
Organisational or system failure? 83
Declining interest in race and housing: the problem with regulation and representation 91
A recovery of the black and minority ethnic housing sector? 96
5 Housing, Communities and 'Recycled Racism' 103
The emergence of super-diversity in the UK 104
Recycled racism 112
6 New Frameworks for Race, Housing and Community 129
Towards a new approach to race and housing 135
Looking ahead: a new agenda? 139
Policy implications 142
Appendix A – Public Service Futures: the future of identify and belonging (OPM) 151
Appendix B – LGA guidance on community cohesion 193
Appendix C – Three Definitions of Community Cohesion 265
“This provides a context for the book’s central premise, which is to lay the foundations for new ideas and frameworks to develop academic and policy debates on race and housing. . . This book is recommended reading for students studying social policy, sociology, housing and politics. . . An important contribution that Beider’s book makes is in highlighting the areas where further debate is needed.” (Journal of Social Policy, 1 January 2013)
“I highly recommend the systematic and framework focused book Race, Housing and Community: Perspectives on Policy and Practice by Harris Beider, to anyone in academia, students of race and housing, public policy makers, business leaders, and community organizers who are seeking a workable framework approach to the topics of race, housing, and community cohesion. This book will open the dialogue to creating a fusion of ideas to further the conversation to create stronger community relations and cohesion.” (Blog Business World, 20 March 2012)