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DIY Community ActionNeighbourhood problems and community self-help$
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Liz Richardson

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420855

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420855.001.0001

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(p.1) one Introduction
DIY Community Action

Liz Richardson

Policy Press

This introductory chapter looks at the activities people in low-income neighbourhoods are doing in order to improve the places where they live. It first discusses DIY community action, which is used interchangeably with ‘community self-help activity’. The chapter then studies the importance of neighbourhood conditions and the concepts of social capital and community engagement. It ends with a study of the structure of the book and the findings of the study.

Keywords:   low-income neighbourhoods, activities, DIY community action, self-help activity, neighbourhood conditions, social capital, community engagement

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