Sustaining social organisations in rural areas

Whitelaw, A. (2012) Sustaining social organisations in rural areas. In: Farmer, J., Hill, C. and Muñoz, S. (eds.) Community Co-Production: Social Enterprise in Remote and Rural Communities. Edward Elgar: Northampton, UK. ISBN 9781849808408

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By drawing upon perspectives from both general and social enterprise-specific sustainability literature, this chapter primarily seeks to develop a discussion of the broad nature and prerequisites of sustainability for rural community social enterprise. Thereafter, these resources are deployed to specific experiences that arose from various O4O projects using data gleaned from a ‘sustainability template’ completed by each O4O social enterprise and complemented by in-depth semi-structured interviews with a range of individuals involved in these, in Sweden and Finland. Finally, I suggest that there is a relatively strong and growing evidence base that informs our understanding of how sustainability might optimally be achieved within social organisations (e.g. Coburn and Rijsdijk,2010) and specifically conclude that such organisations are unlikely to be sustained ‘spontaneously’ but rather will require a complex mix of supportive inputs.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Whitelaw, Dr Alexander
Authors: Whitelaw, A.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social & Environmental Sustainability
Publisher:Edward Elgar
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