The UK community anchor model and its challenges for critical community sector theory and practice

James Francis Henderson, Christopher McWilliams

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Abstract

The growing policy focus since the 1970s in Scotland, the UK and internationally on ‘community’, community development and community ownership and enterprise has facilitated a certain growth of the community sector and therefore of concern for related discussions of theory and practice. This paper positions this turn to community within the shifting global political economic context, in particular the rolling out of the neo-liberal state internationally from the 1980s and a related urban crisis management of structural inequality (Brenner and Theodore, 2002). By focusing on the emergence of community anchor organisations – understood in the UK context as multi-purpose, local community-led organisations – within Scottish and UK policy-making since the 2000s, the central dilemma for critical community sector theory and practice of sustaining a local egalitarian vision and practice (Pearce, 2003) given this neo-liberal context is explored. A Scottish urban community anchor provides an illustration of this challenge for theory and practice and of how it can be re-considered through discussions of ‘progressive mutualism’ (Pearce, 2009) and ‘resilience, re-working and resistance’ (Katz, 2004; Cumbers et al., 2010).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3826-3842
Number of pages17
JournalUrban Studies
Volume54
Issue number16
Early online date24 Jan 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

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