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Commodifying community

Akwugo Emejulu

in Community development as micropolitics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2015 | ISBN: 9781447313175
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781447313205 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447313175.003.0006
Commodifying community

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This chapter focuses on the micropolitics of community development from 1992 to 1997 in the United States. There are two discourses identified for analysis: The ‘Revitalisation discourse’ constituted by the texts, language and practices of official state actors in President Bill Clinton’s Administration. In addition, community development is constructed as a tool to convey the principles of neoliberalism. In opposition to these practices, the ‘Coalition discourse’ is constituted by the texts, language and practices of feminist, anti-racist and Alinskyist practitioners. These discourses emerge in response to two important events: the hegemony of the New Right coalition and the divisiveness of so-called ‘identity politics’.

Keywords: New Right; Democracy; Discourse; Community; Revitalisation discourse; President Bill Clinton; Coalition discourse; Identity politics

Chapter.  6072 words. 

Subjects: Organizations

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