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Achieving change: the rise of partnerships and their impact on community development practice

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847422590.003.0005
Achieving change: the rise of partnerships and their impact on community development practice

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Within the campaigning community work during the 1970s, the purpose of the community development role was to support local communities to challenge and make demands of the local state. Pressure was viewed as the way to achieving change. This chapter looks at the way practitioners worked by drawing on the examples provided by the interviewees. It compares and contrasts these earlier confrontational approaches with the shift towards practice within a community planning framework. It also looks at the community development inspired by conflict approaches including the recent shift towards a community planning model based on dialogue and partnership working.

Keywords: community work; local communities; confrontational approaches; community planning framework; conflict approaches; community planning model; dialogue; partnership working

Chapter.  7355 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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