Civic Associations and Urban Communities


Resource authors: Lucy Hewitt and John Pendlebury

This study sought to explore the nature of the connections between place and community. In particular, it used a focus on the growth and activities of civic associations during the twentieth century to examine the importance of shaping place for both spatial and social identities. This discussion paper provides an overview of the key elements of the study and indicates the potential for future research. It explores the themes that developed out of a review process: the value of examining civic associations to extend knowledge of the history and practice of community participation; and the way civic organizations have conceptualized the relationship between people and place, particularly by emphasising the importance of the tangible legacies of the past and by appealing to the complex concepts of locality and amenity.

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