Negotiating Cohesion, Inequality and Change

Uncomfortable Positions in Local Government

Hannah Jones

Hannah Jones

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

247 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2013
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447310037 Published December 2013 For sale in North and South America only
This unique study explores how local bureaucrats and politicians negotiate diversity, discrimination, migration, and class, in the midst of many other issues that affect community cohesion. Based on original empirical research, Hannah Jones contends that local government workers must often occupy “uncomfortable positions” when managing ethical, professional, and political commitments. Ultimately, she reveals the surprising extent to which governmental power affects the lives and emotions of the people who wield it. 

List of acronyms

Notes on the author



Introduction: Getting uncomfortable


1  Negotiating cohesion, inequality and change

2  Contradictory narratives of cohesion

3  ”Is there anything the council did that distracted you from extremism?”

4  ‘I Love Hackney’/’Keep It Crap’

5  “We spent a lot of time trying to be known for other things”

6  “You need to be totally objective, but you can’t be”

7  Thinking inside the box




Appendix:  A note on methods



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