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Ethnic diversity, segregation and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London

Sturgis, Patrick, Brunton-Smith, Ian, Jackson, Jonathan and Kuha, Jouni (2014) Ethnic diversity, segregation and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London. Ethnic and Racial Studies, online . ISSN 0141-9870

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Abstract

As the currents of globalisation edge the number and proportion of immigrant groups in towns and cities throughout the world ever higher, the question of whether and how ethnic diversity affects the social cohesion of communities has become an increasingly prominent and contested topic of academic and political debate. The majority of extant empirical investigations of this question have considered the effect of diversity across a national distribution of neighbourhoods. In this paper we focus on a single city: London. As possibly the most ethnically diverse conurbation on the planet, London serves as a particularly suitable test-bed for theories about the effects of ethnic heterogeneity on pro-social attitudes. Counter to the majority of existing studies, we find neighbourhood ethnic diversity in London to be positively related to the perceived social cohesion of neighbourhood residents, once the level of economic deprivation is accounted for. Ethnic segregation within neighbourhoods, on the other hand, is associated with lower levels of perceived social cohesion. Both effects are strongly moderated by the age of individual residents; diversity has a positive effect on social cohesion for young people but this effect dissipates in older age groups, the reverse pattern is found for ethnic segregation.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rers20/current#.UgN...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Departments > Statistics
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 09:32
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/51082/

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