Repaying Favours: Unravelling the Nature of Community Exchange in an English Locality

Community Development Journal, Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 488-499, 2008

12 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2015

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

A recurring assumption in community development has been that when material support is provided on a one-to-one basis to the extended family or social and neighbourhood networks, such favours are repaid by offering help in return rather than money. Reporting a study of the community exchanges of 120 households in an English locality, however, the finding is that well over one-third of these were repaid using money. The outcome is a call for the community development literature to recognise and respond to the existence of this sphere of ‘paid favours’ which demonstrates how monetary transactions can be neither market-like nor profit-motivated.

Keywords: reciprocity, community self-help, mutual aid, monetary exchange, community economic development, England

JEL Classification: H26, J46, K42, O17

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin, Repaying Favours: Unravelling the Nature of Community Exchange in an English Locality (2009). Community Development Journal, Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 488-499, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2702896

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United Kingdom

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