Social innovation, practices to produce autonomy, empowerment and new institutionality?

Rubén Martínez Moreno, Helena Cruz Gallach, Ismael Blanco, Yunailis Salazar

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© 2019 CSIC. Este es un artículo de acceso abierto distribuido bajo los términos de la licencia de uso y distribución Creative Commons Reconocimiento 4.0 Internacional (CC BY 4.0). Based on an analysis of the Catalunya case, this article contributes to the ongoing debate on social innovation, offering a general vision of the development of socially innovative practices and looking into its transforming potential in three key areas: 1) creation of social auton-omy spaces; 2) citizen empowerment (especially within communities/ collectives and in high social risk/vulner-ability areas) and 3) development of new institutional ar-chitectures that would promote and reinforce social as well as citizen rights. The article forms part of an exten-sive investigation that has combined social innovation mapping, an online survey and various semi-structured interviews with key informants. The article outlines the potential and limitations of social innovation as a factor of social transformation, and thus points out the need for creation of favourable institutional conditions for its spread and consolidation.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere126
JournalRevista Internacional de Sociologia
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Crisis
  • Empowerment
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Social innovation


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