Politics, power and community development / edited by Rosie R. Meade, Mae Shaw and Sarah Banks.

by Meade, Rosie [editor.]Looking glass; Shaw, Mae [editor.]Looking glass; Banks, Sarah [editor.]Looking glass.

Series: Rethinking community development: Publisher: Bristol : Policy Press, 2016.Description: xv, 260 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781447317371.Subject(s): Community developmentLooking glass | Community development -- Political aspects | Power (Social sciences)Looking glassNote: Includes bibliographical references and index.
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The increasing impact of neoliberalism across the globe means that a complex interplay of democratic, economic and managerial rationalities now frame the parameters and practices of community development. This book explores how contemporary politics, and the power relations it reflects and projects, is shaping the field today.This first title in the timely Rethinking Community Development series presents unique and critical reflections on policy and practice in Taiwan, Australia, India, South Africa, Burundi, Germany, the USA, Ireland, Malawi, Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazonia and the UK. It addresses the global dominance of neoliberalism, and the extent to which practitioners, activists and programmes can challenge, critique, engage with or resist its influence.Addressing key dilemmas and challenges being navigated by students, academics, professionals and activists, this is a vital intellectual and practical resource.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Series editors' preface (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgements (p. x)
  • Notes on contributors (p. xi)
  • 1 Politics, power and community development: an introductory essay (p. 1)
  • Part 1 Thinking politically
  • 2 The politics of deploying community (p. 31)
  • 3 Changing community development roles: the challenges of a globalising world (p. 47)
  • 4 Community organising and political agency: changing community development subjects in India (p. 65)
  • Part 2 Practising politics
  • 5 Identity politics, community participation and the making of new places: examples from Taiwan (p. 85)
  • 6 Community development, venture philanthropy and neoliberal governmentality: a case from Ireland (p. 103)
  • 7 A shifting paradigm: engendering the politics of community engagement in India (p. 121)
  • 8 The politics of diversity in Australia: extending the role of community practice (p. 139)
  • 9 The politics of environmental justice: community development in Ecuadorian and Peruvian Amazonia (p. 159)
  • 10 The politics of democracy and the global institutions: lessons and challenges for community development (p. 179)
  • Part 3 Politicising the future
  • 11 Disability arts: the building of critical community politics and identity (p. 199)
  • 12 Service delivery protests in South Africa: a case for community development? (p. 217)
  • 13 Community development and commons: on the road to alternative economics? (p. 235)
  • Index (p. 253)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Rosie R. Meade is a lecturer in social policy at University College Cork in Ireland. She has a long-standing activist and academic interest in community development, social movements and community arts, and has published widely on related themes.
Mae Shaw is senior lecturer in community education at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. With a background in practice, she has a long established interest in the politics of community development and has published widely in this field.
Sarah Banks is co-director of the Centre for Social Justice and Community Action and professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, UK. She teaches and researches in the fields of professional ethics, community development and community-based participatory research.