Fostering Community Self-Help in Deprived Neighbourhoods

International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 2004, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 30-43.

14 Pages Posted: 27 Dec 2015

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Date Written: 2004

Abstract

Attempts to nurture community self-help in deprived neighbourhoods presently tend to pursue the ‘third sector’ route of developing community-based groups. Reporting data from recent UK government surveys of community involvement, however, this article uncovers how such a third sector approach promotes a form of community selfhelp more reflective of the culture of engagement in affluent than deprived populations. If community self-help is to be harnessed in ways that build on the existing culture of engagement in deprived neighbourhoods, then this article shows that the current third sector route will need to be complemented with a ‘fourth sector’ approach that seeks to further develop informal forms of community self-help (i.e., acts of one-to-one reciprocity). The article concludes by outlining some possible policy initiatives that might be used to implement this fourth sector approach.

Keywords: Informal sector, household work practices, livelihoods, economic development, England

JEL Classification: H26, J46, J48, K34, K42, O17, P2, P3

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin, Fostering Community Self-Help in Deprived Neighbourhoods (2004). International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 2004, Vol. 24, No. 6, pp. 30-43., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2708214

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