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Mob mentality: the threat to community sustainability from the search for safety

Rowland Atkinson

in Building on the past

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9781861347510
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301578 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347510.003.0007
Mob mentality: the threat to community sustainability from the search for safety

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This chapter examines recent empirical work and policy, and considers some aspects of current social and urban change that seem likely to lead to increasingly inequitable future outcomes. One major theme present in the chapter is that a growing identification of community sustainability with social diversity through public policy actions will be consistently undermined by social forces. These forces are related to social affinity and fear/security that is operating in a context of increasing social inequalities.

Keywords: urban change; community sustainability; social diversity; public policy actions; social forces; social affinity; social inequalities

Chapter.  8255 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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