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Entitlement and belonging: social restructuring and multicultural Britain

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Race & Class, Volume: 58, Issue: 2, Pages: 37 - 54

Swansea University Author: Jon Burnett Orcid Logo

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In May 2016, two flagship measures of the current Conservative UK government, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the Immigration Act 2016 were passed. Based on research carried out before the Acts’ passage, the article shows how both pieces of legislation work in tandem to reinforce and exacerbat...

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Published in: Race & Class
ISSN: 0306-3968 1741-3125
Published: London Sage Publications 2016
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa33721
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Abstract: In May 2016, two flagship measures of the current Conservative UK government, the Housing and Planning Act 2016 and the Immigration Act 2016 were passed. Based on research carried out before the Acts’ passage, the article shows how both pieces of legislation work in tandem to reinforce and exacerbate a fundamental restructuring of the societal landscape, which will particularly impact on multiracial, inner-city and poor communities. They continue a process in which social entitlements are ever more codified and restricted, rights seen as linked to (and dependent on) responsibilities, with certain categories of persons – undocumented workers, asylum seekers – excluded from some rights altogether. As the state increasingly divests itself of accountability for its actions, it is placing yet more onus on third-sector organisations to become accountable, not to those accessing their services, but to government targets and policies.
Keywords: asylum seekers, benefit cap, homelessness, ‘hostile environment’, Housing and Planning Act 2016, Immigration Act 2016, inner-city communities, multicultural society, social cleansing, undocumented workers
College: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue: 2
Start Page: 37
End Page: 54