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Challenging the third sectorGlobal prospects for active citizenship$
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Sue Kenny, Marilyn Taylor, Jenny Onyx, and Marjorie Mayo

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316916

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316916.001.0001

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(p.1) One Introduction
Challenging the third sector

Sue Kenny

Marilyn Taylor

Jenny Onyx

Marjorie Mayo

Policy Press

Active citizenship has become an issue of developing concern, both for policy makers and for voluntary and community sector organisations and groups. In the context of increasing globalisation, these concerns have been emerging at local, national and international levels. What new spaces have been opening up, as a result and what new challenges have been facing citizens as they attempt to take responsibility for their own destinies as civil society actors, whilst taking account of wider structural constraints. And how can claims about the third sector’s particular contributions to the promotion of active citizenship be evaluated? This chapter introduces the differing perspectives that underpin debates on the opportunities and challenges involved before introducing the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   active citizenship, third sector, competing perspectives

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