Radical Politics and Community Action



For a decade now, British governments of varying political complexions have been more or less committed to community intervention programmes, from the Educational Priority Areas, the urban programme, CDP, inner area studies and CCPs to the current partnership schemes for the inner cities. Despite all the indications to the contrary, official sponsorship of citizen participation and community action has remained on the political agenda. The White Paper on the inner cities made the commitment clear: ‘Involving local people is both a necessary means to the regeneration of the inner areas, and an end in its own right.’1


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Notes and References

  1. 2.
    See J. Smith, ‘Hard Lines and Soft Options’, in P. Curno (ed.), Political Issues and Community Work (London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1978).Google Scholar
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    P. Corrigan, ‘Community Work and Political Struggle: the Posibilities of Working on the Contradictions’, in P. Leonard (ed.), The Sociology of Community Action Sociological Review Monograph (Keele University, 1975).Google Scholar
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    K. Coates and R. Silburn, Poverty, the Forgotten Englishman (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1970) p. 233.Google Scholar
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    R. Miliband, The State in Capitalist Society (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1969).Google Scholar
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    See E. Wilson, Women in the Welfare State (London: Tavistock, 1977).Google Scholar
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    See M. Castells, The Urban Question: a Marxist Approach (London: Edward Arnold, 1977).Google Scholar
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    C. Cockburn, The Local State: Management of Cities and People (London: Pluto Press, 1977).Google Scholar
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    CDP, Gilding the Ghetto (London, 1976).Google Scholar
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    Canning Town CDP, Canning Town to North Woolwich: the Aims of Industry? (Oxford: Social Evaluation Unit, 1977).Google Scholar
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    Coventry CDP, Final Report, vol. 1 (1976).Google Scholar
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    J. O’Malley, The Politics of Community Action (Nottingham: Spokesman Books, 1977) p. 180.Google Scholar

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© Mark Allen, Ron Bailey, Bob Davis, Judith Green, Bill Jordan, Martin Loney, Alex Lyon, Marjorie Mayo, Jef Smith, Robin Thompson, Andrew Thornley, John Tilley, Peter Walker, Jean Whitfield 1979

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