What is it about?

In the light of high unemployment in deprived neighbourhoods, this paper considers whether community exchange is being used as a coping strategy.

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Why is it important?

Examining its current magnitude and character as well as the barriers to participation in a particular deprived neighbourhood, this paper finds that community exchange currently reinforces, rather than mitigates, the plight of the poorest in this deprived neighbourhood. In the absence of any likelihood of a return to full-employment in such areas, this paper asserts that unless action is taken to re-build community exchange, these populations will continue to be unable to satisfy their basic needs and wants.

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Examines importance of mutual aid in deprived neighbourhoods

Professor Colin C Williams
University of Sheffield

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This page is a summary of: Helping each other out?: community exchange in deprived neighbourhoods, Community Development Journal, April 2000, Oxford University Press (OUP), DOI: 10.1093/cdj/35.2.146.
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