Arguments for Self-Help and Mutual Aid

  • Danny Burns
  • Colin C. Williams
  • Jan Windebank


The purpose of this chapter is to draw together the key conceptual and theoretical ideas that underpin arguments in support of community self-help both as a strategy for survival and a model for society. We have organised these around the following key assertions:

Community self-help is the basis upon which communities survive, thrive and evolve; The moral foundations of society are built upon reciprocity; The dependency culture is corrosive of society: and The state as a welfare provider is in crisis


Social Capital Welfare State Friendly Society British Crime Survey Gift Relationship 
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© Danny Burns, Colin C. Williams and Jan Windebank 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Danny Burns
    • 1
  • Colin C. Williams
    • 2
  • Jan Windebank
    • 3
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandUK
  2. 2.University of LeicesterUK
  3. 3.University of SheffieldUK

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