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Are we different? Claims for distinctiveness in voluntary and community action

Edited by Angus McCabe and Jenny Phillimore

in Community Groups in Context

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9781447327776
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781447327806 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.003.0004
Are we different? Claims for distinctiveness in voluntary and community action

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Below the radar’ has become a short-hand term for small community groups who are either not registered with the Charity Commission or other regulatory bodies and/or lack a regular, substantial annual income. Much of the existing research into the third sector has focused on formal, larger, organisations leaving gaps in the knowledge base around the nature and function of small groups and more informal activities which happen at a community level. This chapter critically examines the claims that small community groups are distinctive and differ from formal voluntary organisations in terms of the ways they work, their activities and goals.

Keywords: distinctiveness; purpose; community groups; voluntary organisations; activities; diversity

Chapter.  6972 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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