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Angus McCabe and Jenny Phillimore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447327776

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.001.0001

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Are we different? Claims for distinctiveness in voluntary and community action

Are we different? Claims for distinctiveness in voluntary and community action

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(p.51) Three Are we different? Claims for distinctiveness in voluntary and community action
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Community Groups in Context
Author(s):
Angus McCabe, Jenny Phillimore
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447327776.003.0004

Below the radar’ has become a short-hand term for small community groups who are either not registered with the Charity Commission or other regulatory bodies and/or lack a regular, substantial annual income. Much of the existing research into the third sector has focused on formal, larger, organisations leaving gaps in the knowledge base around the nature and function of small groups and more informal activities which happen at a community level. This chapter critically examines the claims that small community groups are distinctive and differ from formal voluntary organisations in terms of the ways they work, their activities and goals.

Keywords:   distinctiveness, purpose, community groups, voluntary organisations, activities, diversity

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