Project

The strength of citizen through social bonding

Within the current social and political context, personal responsibility and self-initiative play an increasingly important role. The many civic initiatives and self-organization are examples of how people take care of their own environment and can be characterized as a transition 'from below', starting with people.

This project examines citizens' initiatives and thereby focuses on mechanisms of spatial and social bonding. In short this means that looks at why and how groups of people committed to a certain place (nature, landscape, cultural), and what this place - in turn - again means to people, both individually and in group. The many civic initiatives are expressions of how (groups of) people in their own environment concerns and can be characterized as a transition 'from below'. This research focuses on the way of self-organization initiatives the boundary between public responsibility and active citizenship move, and what can be learned for governance (how we organize society).

Abstract

This project examines citizens' initiatives and thereby focuses on mechanisms of spatial and social bonding. In short this means that it looks at why and how groups of people commit themselves to a certain place (nature, landscape, cultural), and what this place - in return - again means to people, both individually and in group. The many civic initiatives are expressions of how (groups of) people take care of their own environment and can be characterized as a transition 'from below'. This research focuses on the way self-organization initiatives shift the boundary between public responsibility and active citizenship, and what can be learned for governance (how we organize society).

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