'We’ve had nothing for so long that we don’t know what to ask for’, New Deal for Communities and the regeneration of socially excluded terrain

Wallace, Andrew (2007) 'We’ve had nothing for so long that we don’t know what to ask for’, New Deal for Communities and the regeneration of socially excluded terrain. Social Policy and Society, 6 (1). pp. 1-12. ISSN 1474-7464

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Abstract

This paper explores New Labour’s desire to refurbish the physical and social fabric of excluded neighbourhoods through its New Deal for Communities (NDC) programme. It begins by examining three key concepts that embody and underpin this policy intervention – community, agency and exclusion and proceeds by contrasting these conceptual dimensions with a set of discordant, intra-neighbourhood processes of conflict, contestation and division, identified by recently conducted fieldwork in an NDC area. I argue that such processes produce a complex social terrain that is inhabited by social agents with a diverse range of needs, values and experiences, before discussing how this challenges and de-stabilises NDC’s aspiration to ‘promote’ community, change individual behaviour and tackle exclusion effectively. The paper concludes by questioning whether
New Labour’s desire to implement a ‘community’ project, shaped by theoretical precepts, constrains NDC’s ability to deliver lasting change to excluded areas.

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Additional Information:This paper explores New Labour’s desire to refurbish the physical and social fabric of excluded neighbourhoods through its New Deal for Communities (NDC) programme. It begins by examining three key concepts that embody and underpin this policy intervention – community, agency and exclusion and proceeds by contrasting these conceptual dimensions with a set of discordant, intra-neighbourhood processes of conflict, contestation and division, identified by recently conducted fieldwork in an NDC area. I argue that such processes produce a complex social terrain that is inhabited by social agents with a diverse range of needs, values and experiences, before discussing how this challenges and de-stabilises NDC’s aspiration to ‘promote’ community, change individual behaviour and tackle exclusion effectively. The paper concludes by questioning whether New Labour’s desire to implement a ‘community’ project, shaped by theoretical precepts, constrains NDC’s ability to deliver lasting change to excluded areas.
Keywords:New Deal for Communities, Regeneration, New Labour
Subjects:L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:6600
Deposited By: Andrew Wallace
Deposited On:16 Oct 2012 19:43
Last Modified:18 Nov 2012 09:20

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