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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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Is there a black and minority ethnic third sector in the UK?

Is there a black and minority ethnic third sector in the UK?

(p.177) Nine Is there a black and minority ethnic third sector in the UK?
Community Groups in Context
Lucy Mayblin
Policy Press

Can the BME third sector be considered a distinctive sector in its own right? Contributing towards building a foundation of knowledge on the black minority ethnic (BME) third sector, this chapter offers an introductory resource on research in this field. The paper begins with discussion on the contested concept of a BME third sector (BME TS) and its 'distinctiveness' from the wider third sector. It highlights the importance of robust comparative analyses to identify the differences between subsectors, in order to examine the policy implications for these different organisations. The chapter provides brief overviews of material about different types of organisation that might constitute the BME TS. These include: refugee and asylum seeker organisations (RCOs), faith based organisations, diasporic immigrant community organisations, and Black community organisations. In closing, the paper identifies gaps in the current research base that will be of interest to the wider research community.

Keywords:   BME, third sector, refugee, faith, community, organisations

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