Self-Help Groups as Participatory Action

  • Thomasina Borkman
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


“You alone can do it, but you cannot do it alone” uniquely captures the combination of self-help (personal responsibility) and mutual aid (interdependence with others) that characterizes voluntary self-help groups (SHGs) and self-help organizations (SHOs). The slogan also emphasizes action, the participatory action of self-help/mutual aid, not organization or form.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Social Movement Social Identity Nonprofit Organization Participatory Action 
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  • Thomasina Borkman
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  1. 1.George Mason UniversityFairfax

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