Community Practice and Developmental Social Work


in Social Work and Social Development

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199732326
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199863471 | DOI:
Community Practice and Developmental Social Work

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This chapter discusses the developmental approach to community social work practice. Although community organization and other forms of macro practice are usually associated with developmental interventions, the author contends that conventional community practice approaches such as neighborhood building, social services planning and social action have not effectively utilized investments that address peoples’ material needs. Drawing on the experience of community development in the Global South and local economic development innovations in the United States, the chapter argues for a greater focus on economic projects that raise standards of living and address the problem of poverty and deprivation in poor communities.

Keywords: community practice; community development; macro practice; social work; social development

Chapter.  10439 words. 

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