Being Involved

Theoretical and Research Approaches

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Markoulis Diomedes and Dikaiou Maria

The concept of citizen’s participation in actions and interventions seeking to combat social problems in deprived communities is discussed in this paper. Utilizing a number of applied research studies and action programs related to the needs of migrant and minority street children, this chapter seeks to contribute to debates about the role of citizen‘s participation in social change by suggesting how social psychological phenomena can add to the understanding of participation in community context. It is suggested that group history or inter-group relations are crucial elements in understanding the dynamic processes of participation especially when it refers to citizen from migrant minority groups. The chapter shifts thereafter to the discussion of the dynamics behind citizens’ mobilization in the context of the wider society, focusing on instrumentality, identity and ideology.