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Religion, Resources and Representation: three narratives of engagement in British urban governance

Dinham, Adam and Lowndes, Vivien. 2008. Religion, Resources and Representation: three narratives of engagement in British urban governance. Urban Affairs Review, 43(6), pp. 817-845. ISSN 1078-0874 [Article]

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Faith groups are increasingly regarded as important civil society participants in British urban governance. Faith engagement is linked to policies of social inclusion and “community cohesion,” particularly in the context of government concerns about radicalization along religious lines. Primary research is drawn upon in developing a critical and explicitly multifaith analysis of faith involvement. A narrative approach is used to contrast the different perspectives of national pol- icy makers, local stakeholders, and faith actors themselves. The narratives serve to illuminate not only this specific case but also the more general character of British urban governance as it takes on a more “decentered” form with greater blurring of boundaries between the public, private, and personal.

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faith; faith-based organizations; governance; partnership; narrative

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Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Centre for Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement


April 2008Published

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14 Oct 2010 09:39

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12 Jul 2018 07:24

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Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/3909

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