Breakfast Briefings

What can the lived experiences of white working class communities tell us about social cohesion?

Breakfast briefings / 15 May 2015


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This briefing explores the lived experiences and concerns of segments of the majority population in Higher Blackley, a ward in the north of Manchester. The briefing focuses on key areas of local policy - employment, education, health, housing, political participation, policing, and the media - as well as broader themes of belonging and identity. Higher Blackley has a majority white working class community, with significant pockets of deprivation alongside areas of relative affluence. The briefing is based on a report published by the Open Society Foundations' At Home in Europe programme, as part of a series providing ground-breaking research on the experiences of a section of the population whose lives are often caricatured and whose voices are rarely heard in public debates on integration, social cohesion, and social inclusion. The research on which the briefing was based was conducted by The Social Action & Research Foundation (SARF).

Speaker: Daniel Silver, Co-Director, The Social Action & Research Foundation (SARF).

Breakfast Briefing summary