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The concept of ‘community practice’

Sarah Banks

in Managing community practice

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9781861343567
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302766 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343567.003.0002
The concept of ‘community practice’

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This chapter outlines the nature of community practice. It sets the scene for the rest of the book, which focuses on issues related to the management of community practice. It briefly discusses the growth of work with a community focus, the reasons why it was felt necessary to coin a new term ‘community practice’ and how this differs from the more familiar terms: ‘community work’ and ‘community development’. The chapter then briefly explores the contested nature of the term ‘community’, in preparation for the elaboration of a definition of community practice and an outline of the knowledge, values and skills required for community practitioners.

Keywords: community work; community practice; community development; work growth

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