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Community action: so what?

Liz Richardson

in DIY Community Action

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420855
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302124 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420855.003.0004
Community action: so what?

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This chapter aims to show how the work of the groups contributes to dealing with social exclusion and neighbourhood decline. It examines how one understands the value the groups' work has, what the groups actually do in practice, and whether one can create more social capital and citizenship using community self-help activity. The chapter determines that initially, the things the groups do seem like worthy activities, but that this perception drops compared to the scale of problems.

Keywords: social exclusion; neighbourhood decline; community action; social capital; self-help activity

Chapter.  14157 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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