Political Conflict and Community Building

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Social work education in the context of political conflict, 2009 - 2012 (Prof. Shula Ramon)

The above is an international project on establishing a curriculum focused on social work in the context of political conflict, funded by the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). The project has partners from England and Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine, Georgia and Sri Lanka. In considering the curriculum content and methods we are looking at community building, especially in Northern Ireland, Israel and Palestine, as part of the professional remit, and bring to the class citizens who have experienced being victims of violent political conflict as well as social workers with similar experiences as a teaching method.

Sources of resentment, and perceptions of ethnic minorities among poor white people in England NCF and CLG, 2009 (Marina Bush)

This research was commissioned by the National Communities Forum on behalf of Communities and Local Government. The aims of the research were to:
  • to gather data on two not necessarily connected things: the sources of resentment, and perceptions of ethnic minorities among people resident on estates in four places in England
  • to attempt to unpick these perceptions
  • to identify suggestions to facilitate integration
  • to put forward some recommendations for moving community cohesion and integration forward on this basis.
The four selected sites were relatively monocultural 'white' urban spaces with different migration experiences; Castle Vale (Birmingham), Netherfield, Beanhill and Coffee Hall Estates (Milton Keynes); Halton Housing Trust in Runcorn and Widnes; and the Abbey Estate in Thetford. In July 2008, four interviewers (Anglia Ruskin University and University of the West of England) spoke to a total of 43 people using semi-structured questionnaires, and then as a team, identified key themes in responses to questions about their local areas, national concerns, and integration.