Capacity-building, representation and intracommunity conflict

Peter Shirlow, Brendan Murtagh

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This paper explores the nature of community capacity-building in the context of local development. It challenges some of the simplistic constructions of community as a distinctive stakeholder with a shared set of values and clear identity. Even in apparently homogeneous place-based communities such as in the Catholic Ardoyne area of North Belfast there are important differences in the way in which local people interact with the organised voluntary sector. The paper concludes by highlighting the need to reach deeper into the concerns of local people, rather than the priorities of statutory funders, as a basis for service provision and local planning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-70
Number of pages14
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Urban Studies


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