Why and how people engage with their local community

This article investigates how people feel about their local communities, and the related role played by media.

Why and how people engage with their local community

Keith Donaldson

With the amount of coverage in the national media detailing the closure of local post office branches, public houses and shops, media planners based in central London could be forgiven for thinking that the concept of community is dead in the UK.

In setting up the Local Matters project, we wanted to understand the relevance of community in 2008.

Our initial desk-top research looked at existing work in this field carried out on behalf of the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Citizenship Survey has been carried out...

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