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Cross-sector partnerships with small voluntary organisations: some reflections from a case study of a mutual support group

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This article explores two partnerships that members of a small mutual support group for people with heart disease made with representatives of other organisations in order to gain funding and other resources. With a theoretical framework suggested by Pierre Bourdieu, the partnership process is examined in terms of the relationships between organisational representatives and the resources or potential resources available to the voluntary group. The substantive finding from this case study is that the mutual support group achieved collaborative advantage by gaining professional, therapeutic services while remaining largely true to its core mission. The Bourdieusian approach made it possible both to examine the dynamics of power relations within the voluntary organisation and also to look at the interaction and structural constraints in cross-sector partnerships. It proved to be a flexible, wide-ranging framework for research on the voluntary sector.
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Keywords: CAPITAL; HABITUS; MUTUAL SUPPORT; PARTNERSHIP

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2013

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  • Voluntary Sector Review publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice. It is an invaluable cutting-edge resource for all those researching or working in the fast-growing voluntary, community and wider third sectors.

    The journal covers the full range of issues relevant to voluntary sector studies, including: definitional and theoretical debates; management and organisational development; financial and human resources; philanthropy; volunteering and employment; regulation and charity law; service delivery; civic engagement; industry and sub-sector dimensions; relations with other sectors; social enterprise; evaluation and impact. Voluntary Sector Review covers voluntary sector studies from a variety of disciplines, including sociology, social policy, politics, psychology, economics, business studies, social anthropology, philosophy and ethics. The journal includes work from the UK and Europe, and beyond, where cross-national comparisons are illuminating. With dedicated expert policy and practice sections, Voluntary Sector Review also provides an essential forum for the exchange of ideas and new thinking.

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    Editors: Nick Acheson (Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland), Bernard Harris (University of Strathclyde, UK), Rob Macmillan, (University of Birmingham, UK)

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