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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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W(h)ither the third sector?

W(h)ither the third sector?

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Challenging the third sector

Sue Kenny

Marilyn Taylor

Jenny Onyx

Marjorie Mayo

Policy Press

The concluding chapter evaluates the extent to which the third sector can live up to the varying expectations of third sector organisations, networks and groups’ roles, as facilitators of active citizenship. Third sector organisations can have darker sides. And they face increasing structural constraints at local, national and international levels. But there is also evidence of their resilience and creativity, as third sector activists and groups develop new ways of organising and new forms of activism. Although the future is uncertain, there continue to be opportunities and spaces for third sector organisations to contribute to progressive agendas to promote equity, social solidarity, human rights and social justice.

Keywords:   civil society, third sector, active citizenship, networks, third sector futures

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