Community and mutual ownership: a historical review

Tom Woodin et al.
Posted on8th Jul 2010

The history of 'community and mutual ownership' and the implications for policy and practice in this area

The history of 'community and mutual ownership' and the implications for policy and practice in this area.

Policy-makers have identified that community and mutual ownership can make a significant contribution to the economy, welfare and society more generally. A historical analysis of social change can inform contemporary understanding, policy and practice.

This study:

  • adopts a broad definition of 'community and mutual' as a way of exploring the history of ownership;
  • identifies five models: customary and common, community, co-operative and mutual, charitable, and municipal and state forms of ownership;
  • argues that systematic and values-based approaches are needed to develop community and mutual ownership to respond to current social problems;
  • notes that time is needed to develop democracy, membership and belonging, all factors that have been historically important to the success of community and mutual ownership.
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