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.
Rob Imrie is Professor of Human Geography in the Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London. Mike Raco is Lecturer in Economic Geography in the Department of Geography at the University of Reading.
Contents: Part One: New Labour and the turn to community regeneration: Community and the changing nature of urban policy ~ Rob Imrie and Mike Raco; Social capital, regeneration and urban policy ~ Ade Kearns; Visions of 'urban renaissance': the Urban Task Force report and the Urban White Paper ~ Loretta Lees; Part Two: Community involvement in urban policy: Strategic, multilevel neighbourhood regeneration: an outward-looking approach at last? ~ Annette Hastings; Addressing urban social exclusion through community involvement in urban regeneration ~ Rob Atkinson; Community at the heart? Community action and urban policy in the UK ~ Peter North; Cultural justice and addressing 'social exclusion': a case study of a Single Regeneration Budget project in Blackbird Leys, Oxford ~ Zoe Morrison; Disability and the discourses of the Single Regeneration Budget ~ Claire Edwards; Citizenship, community and participation in small towns: a case study of regeneration partnerships ~ Bill Edwards, Mark Goodwin and Michael Woods; Economy, equity or empowerment? New Labour, communities and urban policy evaluation ~ Stuart Wilks-Heeg; Part Three: The future of community in urban policy: The new urban policy: towards empowerment or incorporation? The practice of urban policy ~ Allan Cochrane; New Labour, community and the future of Britain's urban renaissance ~ Mike Raco.