'Beyond silent organisations': a reflection of the UK Chinese people and their community organisations

CHAN, C.K., COLE, B. and BOWPITT, G., 2007. 'Beyond silent organisations': a reflection of the UK Chinese people and their community organisations. Critical Social Policy, 27 (4), pp. 509-533. ISSN 0261-0183

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Abstract

The UK Chinese community has long been perceived to have a high degree of solidarity and self-sufficiency. On the other hand, it is argued that the sense of community and mutual help among Chinese people has been weakened by their competitive approach to business. Based on findings from an ESRC-funded national study of the UK Chinese people's help-seeking behaviour, this study found that Chinese people, both where their population is dispersed and where it is concentrated, actively formed organizations to meet their social and cultural needs. However, Chinese organizations were weakened by inadequate resources and the diverse needs of different Chinese groups. Thus, the UK Chinese people were neither self-sufficient nor isolated from each other. The experiences of Chinese organizations further show that in spite of government expectations of community organizations, state input has been mainly in terms of regulations and control. Without financial support, UK Chinese organizations will slip from being weak organizations into 'silent' ones.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Post-print
Publication Title: Critical Social Policy
Creators: Chan, C.K., Cole, B. and Bowpitt, G.
Date: 2007
Volume: 27
Number: 4
ISSN: 0261-0183
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1177/0261018307081810DOI
Rights: Copyright © 2007 by Sage Publications. All rights reserved. No portion of the contents may be reproduced in any form without written permission of the publisher
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 09:42
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2016 09:05
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1415

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