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The third sector and community cohesion in deprived neighbourhoods

Peter Wells

in Community cohesion in crisis?

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420244
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301912 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420244.003.0008
The third sector and community cohesion in deprived neighbourhoods

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This chapter provides an assessment of the roles that third-sector organisations operating in deprived neighbourhoods have been given in the community-cohesion agenda. It stresses the need to understand the complex nature of the third sector. Data from the New Deal for Communities evaluation is used to challenge some of the assumptions about the nature of diversity and attachment in deprived communities and the contribution of third-sector organisations to foster cohesion. The chapter concludes that there is a need for widening the conceptualisation of community-cohesion interventions to cover all of the contributions which third-sector organisations make within local neighbourhoods.

Keywords: third-sector organisations; third sector; nature; New Deal; diversity; community cohesion

Chapter.  6740 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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