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Young people, community cohesion and the role of youth work in building social capital

Thomas, Paul (2003) Young people, community cohesion and the role of youth work in building social capital. Youth and Policy (81). pp. 21-43. ISSN 0262-9798

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    The summer of 2001 saw the most serious scenes of violent disorder in
    British towns since the inner-city riots of 1981. Bradford, Burnley, Leeds and
    Oldham all witnessed rioting involving multiple arrests, damage to property
    and injury to both members of the public and police officers.
    Two themes dominated discussions of the events, both during and since. The
    first theme is youth. Young people under the age of 25 were the main
    protagonists in all these riots (Denham, 2001; Cantle, 2001). Many were
    subsequently arrested and imprisoned. The second and dominant theme is
    race. All these disturbances involved young people of south Asian origin
    fighting with white young people and or the police. In Bradford, Burnley and
    Oldham, explicitly racist campaigning by the neo-nazi BNP was a clear factor.
    This paper aims to explore both these themes, placing them within the context
    of 'Community Cohesion', a concept that was rapidly developed as the
    dominant parameter of discussion in the numerous subsequent central/local
    government reports. Alongside these themes of youth and race, this paper
    examines Putnam's (2000) concept of 'social capital', arguing that youth work
    can play an unique role in promoting genuine 'community cohesion' through
    the creation of what Putnam terms 'Bridging Social Capital'

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: UoA 45 (Education) © The Author 2003
    Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Schools: School of Education and Professional Development
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Social Cohesion Research Group
    School of Education and Professional Development > Centre of Lifelong Learning and Social Justice > Early Years Childhood Youth and Community Research
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