The future of development work

Paul Hoggett, Marjorie Mayo and Miller Chris

in The dilemmas of development work

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781861349729
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303732 | DOI:
The future of development work

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This chapter makes the case for the continuing importance of development work in the context of continuing social change. It draws from the previous chapters where it argues that there is a set of distinctive and important values and methods that are unique to development work in advance Western societies. It returns to the argument that development workers are uniquely located on the boundary between state and civil society. It notes that as such they are located at a space of acute social contradictions and this has an important impact on their role. It explores the implications for the education, training and continuing professional development of development workers, together with the implications for their roles as advocates in relation to community governance policies, present and future.

Keywords: development work; social change; values and methods; Western societies; development workers; state and civil society; acute social contradictions

Chapter.  5467 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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