ERIC Number: ED462497
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Community Cohesion: A Report of the Independent Review Team.
Home Office, London (England).
This study examined the views of English citizens and community leaders regarding problems related to disaffected, disadvantaged, culturally diverse groups. The Community Cohesion Review Team (CCRT) investigated issues needing to be addressed to bring about social cohesion. Communities were deeply polarized, with separate educational systems, community and voluntary bodies, employment systems, places of worship, languages, and social and cultural networks. The lives of culturally diverse peoples did not overlap or promote meaningful interchange. While some communities worked to overcome this challenge, others did nothing. There was little evidence of open, honest dialogue and there was reluctance to confront issues and find solutions. This failure ran through most institutions, including political parties and volunteer organizations. There was little attempt to develop clear values regarding what it means to be a citizen in modern, multicultural Britain. Many programs designed to tackle the needs of disadvantaged, disaffected groups instead institutionalized the problems. There were many differences in opportunity related to housing, employment, and education. Appended are areas and organizations visited; the questionnaire, respondents, and responses; analysis of the concept of community cohesion; and examples of cross cultural work by diverse young people. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Community Cooperation, Community Relations, Community Study, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Ethnic Discrimination, Foreign Countries, Housing, Poverty, Racial Bias, Racial Discrimination, Social Bias
For full text: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/reu/community_cohesion.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Home Office, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)