Everyday integration – The local contexts, practices and mobilities of integration
We should all be able to agree that integration is a good thing. So why does it always seem like it’s so difficult to achieve?
The way we tend to talk about integration can make it more difficult to realise its potential. By focusing on certain populations we deem in need of integration, we risk stigmatising those populations as somehow deficient, or un-integrated, thus putting in place additional hurdles to their eventual integration.
By expecting would-be integrators to pass a life in the UK test or adopt and embody ‘fundamental British values’, we’re saying that successful integration is somehow equivalent to becoming British. But even if we can agree on what it means to be British, this can only have meaning if it’s somehow connected to our everyday lives.
A lot of the things we call ‘integration’ can end up emphasising the very differences they purport to lessen.
The project proposes a radically new approach that develops theory and learns from and contributes to the city of Bristol. We are particularly excited to be working with Bristol City Council and 25 community partners in the research design and implementation, and in the co-production of an Integration Strategy for Bristol, and an Integration Toolkit for other UK urban contexts.
It will capture and build on the experiences and best practices of local communities and organisations in Bristol, and through this contribute to policy and scholarship.
Read the projects first blog to find out more Everyday Integration Blog
A website for the project will be developed throughout the duration everydayintegration.org.uk/