Urban Renaissance?

New Labour, Community and Urban Policy

Edited by Rob Imrie and Mike Raco

Urban Renaissance?
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Edited by Rob Imrie and Mike Raco

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

304 pages | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2003
Paper $41.95 ISBN: 9781861343802 Published May 2003 For sale in North and South America only
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 is 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.
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Part One: New Labour and the turn to community regeneration
1. Community and the changing nature of urban policy
      Rob Imrie and Mike Raco
2. Social capital, regeneration and urban policy
      Ade Kearns
3. Visions of ‘urban renaissance’: the Urban Task Force report and the Urban White Paper
      Loretta Lees
Part Two: Community involvement in urban policy
4. Strategic, multilevel neighbourhood regeneration: an outward-looking approach at last?
      Annette Hastings
5. Addressing urban social exclusion through community involvement in urban regeneration
      Rob Atkinson
6. Communities at the heart? Community action and urban policy in the UK
      Peter North
7. Cultural justice and addressing ‘social exclusion’: a case study of a Single Regeneration Budget project in Blackbird Leys, Oxford
      Zoë Morrison
8. Disability and the discourses of the Single Regeneration Budget
      Claire Edwards
9. Citizenship, community and participation in small towns: a case study of regeneration and partnerships
      Bill Edwards, Mark Goodwin, and Michael Woods
10. Economy, equity or empowerment? New Labour, communities and urban policy evaluation
      Stuart Wilks-Heeg
Part Three: The future of community in urban policy
11. The new urban policy: towards empowerment or incorporation? The practice of urban policy
      Allan Cochrane
12. New Labour; community and the future of Britain’s urban renaissance
      Mike Raco

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