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Behind the rhetoric of community development: How is it perceived and practiced?

Hudson, K. (2004) Behind the rhetoric of community development: How is it perceived and practiced? Australian Journal of Social Issues, 39 (3). pp. 249-265.

Abstract

State and local governments in Western Australia increasingly identify 'community development' as a key approach for the delivery of community services. In this paper I explore how the concept of community development is understood and practiced by workers in the context of government community services. While definitions are most often presented as a universally understood approach, my key argument is: that there are instead, community development 'discourses' that are variously applied to diverse situations. Foucauldian notions of discourse and power are used to propose that, while there may be core and recognisable traits found within the language of community development, in any given situation these combine with a number of variables (most notably stemming from the organization responsible for community services) to form a 'situated' community development discourse.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Australian Council of Social Service
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/16554
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