Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change: Uncomfortable Positions in Local Government

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This unique study explores how local bureaucrats and politicians negotiate diversity, discrimination, migration, and class in the midst of many other issues that affect community cohesion. Drawing on original empirical research, Hannah Jones contends that local government workers must often occupy uncomfortable positions when managing ethical, professional, and political commitments. Ultimately, she reveals the surprising extent to which governmental power affects the lives and emotions of the people who wield it.

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Hannah Jones is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Warwick, UK.

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“Focusing on the how rather than the what, this incisive and challenging account explores community cohesion policy as practice, exploring how it is embedded in particular places and in the narratives and emotional biographies of its practitioners.” (Claire Alexander, University of Manchester)

“Jones sympathetically and persuasively brings the politics of local government to life far beyond the mechanics of service delivery, showing how politicians and bureaucrats make up places as they make policy.” (Allan Cochrane, Open University)

“The rich details of this book, in which interviews and in situ accounts are integrated with a national imperative to engage with and direct the diversification of society, are compelling, and the book should be widely read by academics, policy makers and policy enactors.” (LSE Review of Books)

“A beautifully written book that gets right to the heart of negotiations over community relations in contemporary Britain.” (Ben Rogaly, University of Sussex)

“This book provides an original and critical analysis with significant implications for public policy and will be essential reading for those concerned with cohesion, inequality and social change.” (Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths, University of London)

“This important book delivers fresh thinking on cohesion as a policy approach to complex, diverse communities. It elegantly extends our understandings of emotion and policy work and makes a significant contribution to public sociology debates.” (Sarah Neal, University of Surrey)

“Jones is one of a very few people who has managed to bridge the divide between academia and practice in this subject area. Let us hope that when a future government does reengage [with local government], it reads this book first.” (Ted Cantle Local Government Studies)

“Jones draws on a range of methods—participant observation, interviews, and documentary analysis—to produce a rich and detailed ethnography of community cohesion policy and practices in particular places and specific moments.” (Critical Social Policy)

“How do policy practitioners understand and interpret community cohesion policy? How has this policy shaped their work? How do the individual identities and experiences of policy makers affect how they approach policies of community cohesion? This book effectively addresses these complex questions while also providing original insights into the challenges of negotiating multiculturalism and diversity in the UK context. . . . Substantively, the book highlights policy decision making as a dynamic and shifting process on the ground. . . . Informative throughout. . . . The book should be of interest to scholars of urban poverty, race and immigration, inequality, and public policy.” (Van C. Tran, Columbia University American Journal of Sociology)

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