Religion, resources, and representation: Three narratives of faith engagement in British Urban governance

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • University of Calgary


Faith groups are increasingly regarded as important civil society participants in British urban governance. Faith engagement is linked to policies of social inclusion and "community cohesion," particularly in the context of government concerns about radicalization along religious lines. Primary research is drawn upon in developing a critical and explicitly multifaith analysis of faith involvement. A narrative approach is used to contrast the different perspectives of national policy makers, local stakeholders, and faith actors themselves. The narratives serve to illuminate not only this specific case but also the more general character of British urban governance as it takes on a more "decentered" form with greater blurring of boundaries between the public, private, and personal.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-845
Number of pages29
JournalUrban Affairs Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


  • Faith, Faith-based organizations, Governance, Narrative, Partnership