Religion and urban regeneration: a place for faith?

FURBEY, R. and MACEY, M. (2005). Religion and urban regeneration: a place for faith? Policy and politics, 33 (1), 95-116.


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The British government has identified 'faith communities' as a neglected resource in urban regeneration. This article first explores the context of official support for faith involvement in urban and neighbourhood policy and identifies the assumptions underlying key policy documents. These assumptions are then critically explored by reference to the links commonly drawn between religion and 'community', 'neighbourhood' and 'social cohesion'. Attempts to enlist faith groups within this essentially consensual agenda often fail to recognise both the potential divisiveness of religion and also the more positive and radical lessons that often stem from the action, experience and critical analysis of religious organisations and their members.

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Additional Information: The final version of this paper has been published in Policy and politics, 33(1), 95-116 © 2005 SAGE Publications Ltd.
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Urban and Regional Studies
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Page Range: 95-116
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2009
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 13:49

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