Disciplining the multicultural community: ethnic diversity and the governance of anti-social behaviour

David Prior

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    Abstract

    This article examines the relationship between the characterisation of and response to anti-social behaviour issues in areas of high ethnic diversity and emerging ‘post-multicultural’ policies of integration, cohesion and citizenship. It draws on a small study of the views and perceptions of members of local community safety and anti-social behaviour teams in three areas of England with very ethnically diverse populations. The analysis distinguishes between responses to ASB issues within ‘settled’ minority communities, among young people from those communities and within the ‘new’ immigrant communities. While these responses vary, the article argues that each can be seen as supporting national policy goals of community cohesion and responsible citizenship based on the assertion of ‘shared values’.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)133-143
    Number of pages11
    JournalSocial Policy and Society
    Volume9
    Issue number1
    Early online date9 Dec 2009
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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