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What do we know about national and local belonging and civic participation and what are the key emerging issues?

Published 27 October 2014 / By Lucinda Platt

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Introduction

Issues of identity and belonging have been repeatedly highlighted by policy makers and politicians across the political spectrum as being fundamental to a cohesive society. Adherence to a common set of values represented by forms of identification with and participation in the nation are expected to contribute to both individual well-being and social solidarity.

This briefing summarises evidence relating to patterns of national identity, belonging and political participation among minority ethnic groups and highlights the risks associated with their absence. The focus is on studies which have explored how patterns vary across generations.

Lucinda Platt is Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

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