Dysfunctional social networks Insufficient community networks
Inner city areas do not necessarily lack community organizations - they often have the full complement of social service agencies, school organizations and functioning block clubs - and local citizens may be clearly concerned about their community; but informal networks to inform citizens, and through which they can participate in the building of consensus, do not exist. Consequently, well-intentioned and well-designed programmes are met with scepticism or suspicion. The local resident does not perceive any of them as effective channels for creative dialogue. In fact, the agencies are perceived as a 'they' who make decisions and carry out policies that affect 'us' without our advice or consent. Unfounded rumours about plans of outsiders for the community are rampant, but organized attempts to hold community meetings and explore the truth are ill-attended. Local associations are constantly frustrated in their efforts to increase membership and attendance.
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