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Beyond the workfare stateLabour markets, equalities and human rights$
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Mick Carpenter, Belinda Freda, and Stuart Speeden

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348739

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348739.001.0001

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Beyond the Ghost Town? The ‘Promising Practices’ of Community-Based Initiatives in Coventry

Beyond the Ghost Town? The ‘Promising Practices’ of Community-Based Initiatives in Coventry

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(p.10) (p.11) Two Beyond the Ghost Town? The ‘Promising Practices’ of Community-Based Initiatives in Coventry
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Beyond the workfare state
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Mick Carpenter

Barbara Merrill

Phil Cleaver

Inga Šniukaité

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861348739.003.0002

This chapter is concerned with the intersection of ethnicity, class, and gender, and the impact of labour market initiatives in Coventry. It is noted that Coventry went through a period of rapid structural change. The discussion studies two major themes from a structure-agency perspective: access to the labour market and the transformative potential of community-based initiatives (CBIs). CBIs are defined as outreach schemes that are based on voluntary participation aimed at improving the supply-side employability of disadvantaged people. The chapter first examines the broader structural context in Coventry, and then studies the selected initiatives and how they were perceived by the recipients.

Keywords:   labour market initiatives, Coventry, structure-agency perspective, transformative potential, community-based initiatives

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