Can we do more? Assessing the purpose and role of community development

Michael Pitchford and Paul Henderson

in Making spaces for community development

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781847422590
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302759 | DOI:
Can we do more? Assessing the purpose and role of community development

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This chapter focuses on the fundamentals of community development. It seeks to answer what practitioners are trying to do, how, and why? The chapter begins by discussing the different aims of the community development, with particular emphasis on practices of community development. It also discusses the tensions that exist over the aims and the manner with which these tensions have been played out. The chapter also explores the roles that values have had in assisting practitioners to manage contradictions and problems. It also outlines the key approaches to work with communities and looks at the period of the Home Office community development project (CDP), and how this affected subsequent practice. The chapter ends with a discussion of the training that is provided for community development practitioners and how successful it has been in offering to practitioners what they need to deal with the contradictions attached in their practice.

Keywords: community development project; Home Office; community development practitioners; tensions; training

Chapter.  8741 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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