The New Integrationism and the Possibilities of Hospitable Social Capital
Following the upheavals in the north England mill towns of 2001 and with the added impetus of the attacks on the London Underground on the 7th of July 2005, there has been a renewed effort in policy circles to re-conceptualise the terms of civic engagement between Britain’s ethnic communities. Labelled community cohesion, this new policy agenda has drawn extensively on scholarly observations on social capital and, more recently, an ethic of hospitality to recommend a new doctrine of social integration at a local scale. This paper suggests the policy articulations, ideals and ethos behind the development of such cohesive spaces are incomplete and, moreover, bear a productive contradiction which promises an ethical reflection of the values situated at the intellectual core of New Labour’s race relation policy.
Keywords: Integration, Community Cohesion, Social Capital, Ethics of Hospitality
Dr. Wun Fung Chan
Lecturer in Geography, Department of Geography and Sociology