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- DescriptionNew Labour came to power in 1997 with a commitment to the renaissance of Britain's cities. As Prime Minister Tony Blair declared (1998): Over the last two decades the gap between these worst estates and the rest of the country has grown - it shames us as a nation, it wastes lives and we all have to pay the costs of dependency and social division . This book documents and assesses the core of New Labour's approach to the revitalisation of cities, that is, the revival of citizenship, democratic renewal, and the participation of communities to spear head urban change. In doing so, the book explores the meaning, and relevance, of community as a focus for urban renaissance. It interrogates the conceptual and ideological content of New Labour's conceptions of community and, through the use of case studies, evaluates how far, and with what effects, such conceptions are shaping contemporary urban policy and practice. The book should be an important text for students and researchers in geography, urban studies, planning, sociology, and related disciplines. It will also be of interest to officers working in local and central government, voluntary organisations, community groups, and those with a stake in seeking to enhance democracy and community involvement in urban policy and practice.
- Author BiographyRob Imrie is Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Mike Raco is Lecturer in Economic Development in the Department of Geography at the University of Reading.
- PublisherPolicy Press
- Date of Publication04/07/2003
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationBristol
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintPolicy Press
- Content Note7ill.10tabs.2M.
- Weight460 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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