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Beyond the Ghost Town? The ‘Promising Practices’ of Community-Based Initiatives in Coventry

Mick Carpenter, Barbara Merrill, Phil Cleaver and Inga Šniukaité

in Beyond the workfare state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348739
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301547 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348739.003.0002
Beyond the Ghost Town? The ‘Promising Practices’ of Community-Based Initiatives in Coventry

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This chapter is concerned with the intersection of ethnicity, class, and gender, and the impact of labour market initiatives in Coventry. It is noted that Coventry went through a period of rapid structural change. The discussion studies two major themes from a structure-agency perspective: access to the labour market and the transformative potential of community-based initiatives (CBIs). CBIs are defined as outreach schemes that are based on voluntary participation aimed at improving the supply-side employability of disadvantaged people. The chapter first examines the broader structural context in Coventry, and then studies the selected initiatives and how they were perceived by the recipients.

Keywords: labour market initiatives; Coventry; structure-agency perspective; transformative potential; community-based initiatives

Chapter.  5650 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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