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The impact of community cohesion on youth work: A case study from Oldham

Thomas, Paul (2006) The impact of community cohesion on youth work: A case study from Oldham. Youth and Policy (93). pp. 41-60. ISSN 0262-9798

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    Abstract

    Initiated by the 2001 disturbances in Oldham, Burnley and Bradford, 'community
    cohesion' offers a critique of the apparently negative race relations in many of Britain's
    towns and cities. Whilst highly contested, this concept has become a policy reality So
    what does it mean for Youth Work? Drawing on empirical evidence from Oldham, this
    paper examines the impact of community cohesion on Youth Work policy and practice.
    It argues that, contrary to the largely hostile academic critique, community cohesion has
    been positively understood and supported by youth workers. Furthermore, community
    cohesion has enabled a 'modal shift' in youth work towards forms of practice rooted
    in the history and traditions of youth work, and has aI/owed youth work agencies to
    take pivotal roles in policy responses to ethnic segregation and tension. Inherent in
    this modal shift of practice is a critique of 'anti-racism', as it has been understood and
    practised by many welfare professionals.

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    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © The National Youth Agency 2006
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Community Cohesion; multiculturalism; youth work; anti-racism
    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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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2007
    Last Modified: 06 Aug 2013 12:44
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/383

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