Evidence from research and development work in Bradford

Richard Farnell

Lessons for policy-makers from eight research and community development projects in Bradford.

This study suggests the idea of a 'narrative in common' – developed by local people and connecting them across different neighbourhoods and backgrounds – as a more natural and progressive idea of 'cohesion' than that promoted through current national policy.

It summarises findings from eight research projects about:

  • Muslim women;
  • Pakistani Muslim young men;
  • recent migrants to Bradford;
  • life on 'traditionally white' estates; and
  • the use of creative media for community development and communication.


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