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More-Than-Civic: Higher Education and Civil Society in Post-Industrial Localities

GRATTON, Nicola and JONES, Martin (2023) More-Than-Civic: Higher Education and Civil Society in Post-Industrial Localities. In: Reframing the Civic University: An agenda for Impact. Rethinking University-Community Policy Connections . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 121-142. ISBN 978-3-031-17686-9

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This chapter suggests debates and dialogues on the civic nature of higher education would benefit greatly from reflecting on and examining the wider responsibilities of universities in relation to economic impact. We discuss how building strong relationships with civil society and creating a civic strategy based on participatory and asset-based community development principles led Staffordshire University to support community action to directly challenge issues of hardship and poverty within its ‘civic region’. We deploy the notion of a ‘civic region’ to capture the networked interventions made by Staffordshire University, primarily in the territorially-bounded Stoke-on-Trent region of North Staffordshire. By bringing into the equation civil society—defined as the sphere in which social movements are active and where challenges of political power and unequal wealth are experienced—we encourage further exploration of what we would term ‘being more-than-civic’.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: Research, Innovation and Impact Services
Depositing User: Nicola GRATTON
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2023 09:21
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2023 09:21

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