DIY Community Action

Liz Richardson

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420855
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302124 | DOI:
DIY Community Action

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How people can be persuaded to take more control of their own lives continues to be a subject of policy and academic debate, and the contribution of active citizens to improving societal well-being is high across different policy agendas. But the promotion of community self-help raises a wide range of questions – for people working in neighbourhoods, for policy makers, for politicians, and for residents themselves – about how we promote engagement, what would motivate people to become active, and more fundamentally about the ongoing relevance and value of community activity. This book offers answers to these questions, based on detailed real-life evidence from over 100 community groups, each trying to combat neighbourhood problems. It presents a challenge to the existing thinking on contested debates, and proposes ways forward for community building.

Keywords: community self-help; neighbourhood problems; policy makers; politicians; residents; engagement; active citizens; community activity; community groups; community building

Book.  304 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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Introduction in DIY Community Action


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