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p. 944. ‘Integration’, class inequality, and ‘community cohesion’locked

  • Ali Rattansi


The concept of ‘integration’ has replaced multiculturalism as the key theme of national and local policies towards ethnic minorities. Especially in Britain, the notions of ‘community cohesion’, ‘social cohesion’, and ‘citizenship’ have been hailed as the way forward for incorporating minorities. What exactly do these terms mean? The idea that minorities have failed to ‘integrate’ into societies is a central motif of the approach that replaced multiculturalism. In Britain, the concept of integration was taken over by the notion of ‘community cohesion’, moving the agenda further away. How is this cohesion to be defined and how is the lack of cohesion to be repaired?

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