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By Charlie Cooper

Cooper analyzes how notions of "community," "conflict," "dangerousness" and "safety" were used and understood in British social coverage. by way of delivering a conceptually grounded remedy of those topics, the booklet seeks to inspire the reader to mirror at the useful policy-oriented program of those rules below New Labour, rather with regards to "community safety." the ultimate bankruptcy concludes by way of revisiting theses 4 center notions, and in doing so, seeks to reveal the myths and contradictions that generally accompany broad-range thoughts of this nature.

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Popular notions of community that emerged in the nineteenth century reflected this concern about the perceived breakdown in social cohesion. The focus of attention was largely a romanticised concept of ‘rural community’ – an idealised way of living together that had been destroyed by rapid industrialisation and urbanisation. As Taylor suggests, throughout modernity policy debates concerning community have largely focused on community deficit – ‘communities that are considered to be deficient in some way’ (Taylor 2003: 17) and not like they once were.

Undermined as a repository of critical thinking, writing, teaching, and learning, universities are refashioned to meet the interests of commerce and regulation. In the current onslaught against noncommercial public spheres, the mission of the university becomes instrumental; it is redesigned largely to serve corporate interests whose aim is to restructure higher education along the lines of global capitalism. (Giroux 2000: 115) These personal reflections and observations illustrate some of the deeply-felt changes in the nature of welfare organising in England that I have experienced since 1976 – particularly in the fields of housing and education (themes that reappear later in the book in support of the general thesis argued).

A concern for the powerful is that these same changes are posing a threat to community safety and cohesion in British society. Because of welfare retrenchment over the past 30 years, the state can no longer counter these threats effectively without finding alternative sites of social control. Hence, the New Labour government’s appeal to the institutions of civic society – families and communities – to become more responsible for their own wellbeing and more proactive in generating mutual aid and restoring social cohesion.

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