From Chicago to Shenzhen,
Zones of Transition and Dreams of
Are the processes of urban change, urban conflict, and the competition for
housing very different in Chinese cities when compared to the experiences
of their Western counterparts or are we mesmerized by the scale and
pace of change in China so that the quantitatively different is sometimes
mistaken for the qualitatively different? Every city, every nation-state,
every culture will mediate common processes, common developments
Ethnic minority enterprise in an inner-city context
Ethnic minority enterprise in an
inner-city context: the case of the
independent restaurant sector in
Trevor Jones, Monder Ram and Tahir Abbas
Government, government agencies and economic development bodies have
frequently seen the role of small businesses, enterprise and self-employment as
a key element of competitive strength both nationally and at local and regional
scales. Enterprise and self-employment has been seen as particularly relevant
in addressing the particular
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The Resale of Former Council Houses in Birmingham
The research which has been carried out on council house sales has
tended to concentrate on the characteristics of sitting tenant
purchasers, the types of dwellings sold and the consequences of the
sales policy for those who remain as sitting tenants. Quite correctly,
the concern has focussed on the selective nature of sales and the
potential downgrading of the public housing service. There is,
however, another dimension to the sales policy which has
Through a close look at major British cities, using Birmingham as a case study, the book explores the origins of Britain’s acute urban decline and sprawling exodus; the reasons why ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ in cities of the future and the potential for smart growth, mixed communities and sustainable cities. Based on live examples and hands-on experience, this extremely accessible book offers a unique ‘insider’ perspective on policy making and practical impacts. It will attract policymakers in cities and government as well as students, regeneration bodies, community organisations and environmental specialists.
Based on a four-year research project which highlights the important role of community organisations as intermediaries between community and culture, this book analyses the role played by cultural intermediaries who seek to mitigate the worst effects of social exclusion through engaging communities with different forms of cultural consumption and production. The authors challenge policymakers who see cultural intermediation as an inexpensive fix to social problems and explore the difficulty for intermediaries to rapidly adapt their activity to the changing public-sector landscape and offer alternative frameworks for future practice.
The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), also known as Children of the 90s, is a world-leading birth cohort study that uniquely enrolled participants in utero and obtained genetic material from a geographic population. It instigated the innovative but controversial ALSPAC Ethics and Law Committee.
This book describes in detail the early work of this Committee, from establishing the core ethical principles necessary to protect participants, to the evolution of policies concerning confidentiality and anonymity, consent, non-intervention and disclosure of individual results, data access and security. Quotes from interviews with early members of the Committee reflect not only on its pioneering work but also on the unusual style and inspirational leadership of the first Chair, Professor Michael Furmston.
This will be of interest to those involved in other cohort studies in understanding the evolution of ethical policies as ALSPAC developed.
Connectivity of place and housing
market change: the case
Ian Cole and Ed Ferrari
In his foreword to the seminal British study of race and housing, Race,
community and conflict, J.B. Rose noted: ‘The city is a crucible into
which we pour the most disparate elements in our modern industrial
society vaguely expecting that given time they will fuse into an
acceptable amalgam’ (Rex and Moore, 1967, p v). Rex and Moore’s
groundbreaking research was adequate testament to how far this ‘vague
expectation’ could be confounded
What impact have the unprecedented and rapid changes to the structure of education in England had on school governors and policy makers? And what effect has the intensifying media and regulatory focus had on the volunteers who take on the job?
Jacqueline Baxter takes the 2014 ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal, in which it was alleged that governors at 25 Birmingham schools were involved in the “Islamisation” of secular state schools, as a focus point to examine the pressures and challenges in the current system. Informed by her twenty years’ experience as a school governor, she considers both media analysis and policy as well as the implications for the future of a democratic system of education in England.
This important book is the first edited collection to provide an up to date and comprehensive overview of the third sector’s role in public service delivery. Exploring areas such as social enterprise, capacity building, volunteering and social value, the authors provide a platform for academic and policy debates on the topic. Drawing on research carried out at the ESRC funded Third Sector Research Centre, the book charts the historical development of the state-third sector relationship, and reviews the major debates and controversies accompanying recent shifts in that relationship. It is a valuable resource for social science academics and postgraduate students as well as policymakers and practitioners in the public and third sectors in fields such as criminal justice, health, housing and social care.
This book examines how major but often under-scrutinised legal, social, and technological developments have affected the transparency and accountability of the criminal justice process.
Drawing on empirical and evaluative studies, as well as their own research experiences, the authors explore key legal policy issues such as equality of access, remote and virtual courts, justice system data management, and the roles of public and media observers.
Highlighting the implications of recent changes for access to justice, offender rehabilitation, and public access to information, the book proposes a framework for open justice which prioritises public legal education and justice system accountability.