A Critical Evaluation of Hierarchical Representations of Community Involvement: Some Lessons from the UK

Community Development Journal, Vol. 40, No.1, pp. 30-38, 2005

9 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2013

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

This paper evaluates critically the socio-economic and spatial implications of conceptualising the different forms of community involvement as a hierarchy rather than a spectrum. Drawing upon evidence from the UK, where government policy views participation in community-based groups as a ‘mature’ form of involvement and one-to-one aid as ‘simple’ and ‘immature,’ such a hierarchical representation is revealed to privilege the participatory cultures of affluent over deprived populations. Based on this recognition of how participatory cultures differ, the paper thus concludes by calling for the different forms of community involvement to be reconceptualised as a spectrum and the adoption of a variegated policy approach.

Keywords: volunteering, voluntary sector, community development, community engagement, community participation, formal volunteering

JEL Classification: O17

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin, A Critical Evaluation of Hierarchical Representations of Community Involvement: Some Lessons from the UK (2005). Community Development Journal, Vol. 40, No.1, pp. 30-38, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2286686

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