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Toward a New Definition of Community Partnership: A Three-Dimensional Approach


  • Shemer, Orna
  • Schmid, Hillel


We propose a new definition of partnership, which emphasizes the role and meaning of power in creating partnership. Following a case study of change processes within a kibbutz community undergoing lifestyle changes, The proposed definition focuses on three dimensions of partnership: (a) the overt dimension, in which partnership is manifested through daily community life such as organizational structure, rules and norms; (b) the covert dimension, which focuses on symbolic rites of partnership and "non-events"; (c) the latent dimension, which expresses internalized partnership and influences participants' consciousness through socialization and world views.

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  • Shemer, Orna & Schmid, Hillel, 2007. "Toward a New Definition of Community Partnership: A Three-Dimensional Approach," Journal of Rural Cooperation, Hebrew University, Center for Agricultural Economic Research, vol. 35(2).
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlorco:58685

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    1. Evans, Lewis & Meade, Richard, 2005. "The Role and Significance of Cooperatives in New Zealand Agriculture, A Comparative Institutional Analysis," Working Paper Series 3847, Victoria University of Wellington, The New Zealand Institute for the Study of Competition and Regulation.
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