Integration and exchange

Integration starts with people coming together.  That might be at St Paul’s Carnival or other events across the city that are designed and organised to bring us together.  But it might also just be a quick word with a neighbour, a chat with another parent on the school run, or even just exchanging a greeting with the bin man as you set off on your morning commute.  Integration is built upon these routine encounters – coming together in our everyday lives.  But there are lots of things that get in the way of these encounters:  distrust, insecurity, fear, racism, prejudice, poverty, mobility, just to name a few.  If integration is built upon exchange, then we should want more of it.  We want to learn from what works, but also what doesn’t work, so we can find ways to enhance the quality of our everyday exchanges.

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We are funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, research grant number ES/S009582/1.