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

Sturgis, Patrick and Brunton-Smith, Ian and Jackson, Jonathan and Kuha, Jouni (2013) Ethnic diversity, segregation and the social cohesion of neighbourhoods in London. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 21 (1). ISSN 0141-9870 (print), 1466-4356 (electronic)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 5. Quantitative Data Handling and Data Analysis > 5.7 Longitudinal Data Analysis
Depositing User: NCRM users
Date Deposited: 14 May 2014 10:14
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2021 13:59

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