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Exploring equity, diversity and interdependence through dialogue and understanding in rural Northern Ireland

Michael Murray and Brendan Murtagh

in Community Development Journal

Published on behalf of Community Development Journal

Volume 38, issue 4, pages 287-297
Published in print October 2003 | ISSN: 0010-3802
Published online October 2003 | e-ISSN: 1468-2656 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cdj/38.4.287

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There is growing consciousness that if communities are being encouraged to more fully embrace ideas of inclusiveness and diversity, then so also do the service organizations with which they interact. This paper explores the potential for these organizations to build respect into all its relationships through a dialogue and understanding process related to equity, diversity and interdependence. The empirical content is drawn from Northern Ireland where relational issues of social prejudice are given added complexity by sectarianism. The efforts by an umbrella organization of rural community groups to deal with these transformational challenges is explored, and a number of practice‐related principles with wider applicability are identified from that experience.

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Subjects: Social Impact of Environmental Issues (Environmental Science) ; Development Studies ; Development Planning and Policy ; Public Policy