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New Labour, community and the future of Britain's urban renaissance

Mike Raco

in Urban renaissance?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343802
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304159 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343802.003.0012
New Labour, community and the future of Britain's urban renaissance

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This chapter examines the status and meaning of the term community in the context of New Labour's urban policy in Great Britain. It discusses the government's launch of a series of reform to reconstruct the relationships between civil society and the state based on new modern principles of flexibility, and evaluates the role that communities may play in the renaissance of Britain's cities. The chapter explores the processes involved in defining communities and argues that despite the complexities and contingencies of community formation, all communities are characterised by boundaries of inclusion and exclusion.

Keywords: community; urban policy; New Labour; Great Britain; civil society; state; urban renaissance

Chapter.  6768 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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