Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Chapter 19: A transversal reading of social innovation in European cities
In this chapter we aim to contribute to a methodology for research on social innovation with a particular interest in developing a comprehensive reading of its forms and a critical reflection upon its constitutive dimensions. Our starting point is a transversal reading of various socially innovative and creative initiatives across a number of domains of experience that the literature has identified as loci of processes of social exclusion. We draw in particular on 20 case studies in European cities, and analyse the role played by actors, looking at which kind of actors succeed in resisting and overcoming processes of social exclusion, examining their vision of the causes of social exclusion and the problems they confront, and investigating the strategies they pursue to find solutions to these problems. This investigation allows us to characterize social innovation initiatives according to two main dimensions (Section 19.2). The first refers to value orientation; our cases cover a very wide range of values that are negated by processes of social exclusion and which are, on the other hand, pursued and established as central in the various initiatives.
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