The International Handbook on Social Innovation Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Edited by Frank Moulaert, Diana MacCallum, Abid Mehmood and Abdelillah Hamdouch
Introduction: social innovation experience and action as a lead for research
In talking of the small town of Montemor-o-Novo below, André and Abreu describe this as a ‘virtuous’ case study. This term might well be used for all the case study examples in this part. They represent impressive and inspiring stories of success in the generation of socially-creative strategies and social innovation, often in difficult and unpromising circumstances. It is important in reading these chapters, though, to look beyond the case study stories, interesting and uplifting as they might be, to the analytical dimensions of the discussion in each chapter. The purpose of this handbook is to furnish and refine conceptual and analytical tools for researching and understanding how socially-creative strategies can develop to address social exclusion, and the purpose of the authors below is to utilize these tools in the context of the particular case studies they discuss. Looking across these case studies, a number of key analytical themes can be identified.
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