Now you see it... ...now you don’t: a review of rural community organising in England

Derounian, James (2014) Now you see it... ...now you don’t: a review of rural community organising in England. Technical Report. Birmingham University Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC), Birmingham.

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Abstract

This working paper provides an overview of Community Organising in England, in 2013. The research begins with a brief overview of the origins, and ‘parallel histories’ of, and approaches to, community organising and development, placing this within the context of continuity and change in UK Government policies for community engagement and social action. The findings and subsequent discussion provide a commentary on different community organising approaches and programmes in the 21st century. The primary focus of the paper is on the relatively neglected subject of rural community organising (as the literature and practice has been predominantly urban) in order to trigger discussion on how to organise in rural communities in the current policy environment. ‘Rural communities’ are defined - using a long-standing criterion of areas with settlements of less than 10,000 population (Defra, 2004 and Commission for Rural Communities, 2007). Although the detail and focus relate to rural England, many of the principles and themes will be of broader interest to urban practitioners both in the UK and internationally.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community development; Community organising; Learning, rural communities, England
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Natural & Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: James Derounian
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2016 14:48
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2016 15:10
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3448

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