Getting below the radar: micro-mapping ‘hidden’ community activity

Edited by Andri Soteri-Proctor

in Community Groups in Context

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9781447327776
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9781447327806 | DOI:
Getting below the radar: micro-mapping ‘hidden’ community activity

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This chapter presents the concept of micro-mapping. This is a technique of identifying ‘hidden’ community groups: those that do not appear on the official lists of regulators, sector directories and have no online presence. In addition to describing the street-work involved in, and two different approaches to, micro-mapping the chapter explores the strengths and challenges of this way of working. It draws on data gathered from two very small geographical areas of England which identified 58 community groups operating in and around just 11 streets. These groups deliver diverse services and activities geared towards specific interests and target communities, are embedded into their localities and operate within a very specific socio-cultural context. The chapter also discusses how micro-mapping may be used, or misused, in the context of austerity and cuts to public and voluntary sector services.

Keywords: community groups; research; micro mapping; diversity activities; diversity services

Chapter.  6921 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Organizations

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