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

Sturgis, Patrick ORCID: 0000-0003-1180-3493, Brunton-Smith, Ian, Kuha, Jouni ORCID: 0000-0002-1156-8465 and Jackson, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0003-2426-2219 (2014) Ethnic diversity, segregation and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37 (8). 1286 - 1309. ISSN 0141-9870

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Identification Number: 10.1080/01419870.2013.831932


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. 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 prosocial attitudes. 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.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: Statistics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2013 09:32
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2024 00:42
Projects: RES-576-47-5001-01
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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