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Market madness or the road to salvation? A critical review of the social enterprise agenda

Birch, Kean and Whittam, G. (2009) Market madness or the road to salvation? A critical review of the social enterprise agenda. In: Enterprise and Deprivation: Small Business, Social Exclusion and Sustainable Communities. Taylor and Francis, London. ISBN 9780415458153

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Abstract

There is little doubt that in recent years enterprise has been considered an essential approach in the alleviation of deprivation existing in the developed world. The assumption is that area-based initiatives provide a means by which enterprise can include all members of society in mainstream social and economic activities. The rationale behind this book is to critically challenge the notion that enterprise can address the complexity behind deprivation and social exclusion by demonstrating UK and North American examples.The contributions in this edited collection offer a distinct opportunity in respect of both theoretical and empirical advancement. The authors hale from both sides of the Atlantic and form an inter-disciplinary group to provide complementary perspectives in this field.