New Labour and community protests: The case of the Govanhill swimming pool campaign, Glasgow

Mooney, Gerry and Fyfe, Nick (2006). New Labour and community protests: The case of the Govanhill swimming pool campaign, Glasgow. Local Economy, 21(2) pp. 136–150.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02690940500472426

Abstract

Taking the case study of a community based protest against the closure of a swimming pool in Glasgow, this paper seeks to raise important critical questions about some of the key ideas informing New Labour's urban policy agenda: social capital and active community. It argues that normative notions of active citizenship seriously conflict with bottom-up community protests, highlighting in the process issues of power and inequality. Against claims that New Labour is promoting government through community, here we claim that in the context of this community protest, there was government against community.

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