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

Ethnic diversity, segregation, and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London
Ethnic diversity, segregation, and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London
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.
ethnic diversity, ethnic segregation, social cohesion, neighbourhood, london, community
0141-9870
1286-1309
Sturgis, Patrick
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Brunton-Smith, Ian
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Kuha, Jouni
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Jackson, Jonathan
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Sturgis, Patrick
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Sturgis, Patrick, Brunton-Smith, Ian, Kuha, Jouni and Jackson, Jonathan (2014) Ethnic diversity, segregation, and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 37 (8), 1286-1309. (doi:10.1080/01419870.2013.831932).

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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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Published date: 14 June 2014
Keywords: ethnic diversity, ethnic segregation, social cohesion, neighbourhood, london, community
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography

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Local EPrints ID: 355046
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/355046
ISSN: 0141-9870
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ORCID for Patrick Sturgis: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1180-3493

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Date deposited: 12 Aug 2013 11:55
Last modified: 15 Jan 2019 01:33

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Author: Ian Brunton-Smith
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Author: Jonathan Jackson

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