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Care, values and support in local self-help groups

Williams, F. (2004) Care, values and support in local self-help groups. Social Policy and Society, 3 (4). pp. 431-438. ISSN 1475-3073

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This article examines ‘care’ and ‘values’ in local self-help groups and voluntary organisations which mobilise around partnering and parenting. It finds that a shared identity based upon common experiences of misrecognition and stigma is the most significant element of involvement. This provides the basis for new knowledge, for challenging professional practice, and for alternative practices of care and support based on trust, reciprocity and mutual respect. However, sometimes it also contributes to forms of social closure. The article sets these findings in the context of New Labour policy on voluntary organisations, participation, and parenting and partnering.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2004. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law (Leeds) > School of Sociology and Social Policy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 03:38
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746404002027
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746404002027
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1566

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