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Conceptualising sustainable communities: place-making and labour market-building

Mike Raco

in Building sustainable communities

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347442
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347442.003.0002
Conceptualising sustainable communities: place-making and labour market-building

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This chapter looks at the relationships between labour-market building, place imaginations, citizenship, and mobility. It provides an assessment of the wider significance of these relationships for processes of sustainable community building and policy programmes that seek to enhance both the economic competitiveness and social cohesion of places. The chapter also discusses the ways in which the balance of different types of labour and citizens in defined places becomes converted into a ‘problem’ of government. This problem is revealed to be addressed through active social policies that define, identify, and mobilise different communities and groups in the wider pursuit of policy objectives.

Keywords: labour-market building; place imaginations; citizenship; mobility; sustainable community building; policy programmes; economic competitiveness; active social policies

Chapter.  9108 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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