chapter  11
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Britain’s Big Issue: Street Papers as Social Entrepreneurs


Participation is the inclusion of homeless and marginalized people themselves, and can occur at three levels. At the fi rst level, participation may be confi ned solely to having homeless or marginalized people sell the magazine to the public. The second level occurs when professional journalists write many stories about homeless or marginalized people, thus circulating their views and issues in the public sphere. At the third and most common level, the street press encourages homeless or marginalized people to participate in organizing and producing the publication. This may include helping to set the newspaper or magazine’s goals, defi ne its identity in the marketplace, determine its news agendas, create its written and visual content, circulate the publication, and read it as an audience.