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Understanding Participation: A Literature Review

The Pathways through Participation project (www.pathwaysthroughparticipation.org.uk) looks at participation in a very broad way, and covers a wide range of participatory activities that are often viewed in isolation. This broad approach to participation has informed our literature review, which is available for download: http://pathwaysthroughparticipation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/Pathways-literature-review-final-version.pdf.

The review brings together different bodies of literature on participation, including literature on community development, volunteering, public participation, social movements, everyday politics and ethical consumption. It looks at the historical and current drivers of participation, the activities and actors of participation and different theoretical approaches that contribute to a better understanding of participation. It closes with our emerging ‘participation framework’ that we aim to further develop and refine in the subsequent stages of the project.

The Pathways through Participation project is a joint research project led by NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) in partnership with IVR (Institute for Volunteering Research) and Involve. Learn more at www.pathwaysthroughparticipation.org.uk.

For more information about the Pathways through Participation project, contact Véronique Jochum on 00 44 20 7520 2482 or email pathwaysthroughparticipation@ncvo-vol.org.uk.

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