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Can social enterprise address social exclusion? Evidence from an inner city community

Teasdale, Simon (2009) Can social enterprise address social exclusion? Evidence from an inner city community. Working Paper. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK.

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Abstract

This paper examines the potential impact of social enterprise on exclusion. The case study research involved participant observation over a two year period. Selection of cases was based on a preliminary typology for social enterprise. Exclusion was conceptualised as multi-dimensional and relative to the standards of the society in which a person lives. The research literature suggests that the aggregate impact of social enterprise on economic dimensions of exclusion is marginal. This is a consequence of a mismatch between policy expectations and what is happening in the field. This study found that different forms of social enterprise impacted on exclusion in different ways. People could become included within a group, but remain excluded by the standards of the society they lived in. This paper outlines these different impacts in order to open up a more balanced perspective on the potential and limitation of social enterprise in combating area based exclusion.

Type of Work:Monograph (Working Paper)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Number of Pages:23
Department:Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC)
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Series/Collection Name:TSRC Working Paper Series
Keywords:Social enterprise; social exclusion; inner city
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
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Funders:Economic and Social Science Research Council, Office for Civil Society, Barrow Cadbury Trust
ID Code:778

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