Community development is routinely invoked as a practical solution to tackle a myriad of social problems, even though there is little consensus about its meaning and purpose.
Through a comparative analysis of competing perspectives on community development since 1968, this book critically examines the contradictory ideas and practices that have shaped this field in the US and the UK. This approach exposes a problematic politics that have far-reaching consequences for those committed to working for social justice.
This accessible book offers an alternative model for thinking about the politics of community development and so will appeal to academics, postgraduate students and community development workers.
Akwugo Emejulu is a lecturer at the Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh and co-director of the Centre for Education for Racial Equality in Scotland. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a community organiser, a participatory action researcher and a trade union organiser. Her research interests include the political sociology of race, gender and grassroots political movements.
What are the Micropolitics of Community Development?;
Community Development in a Post-Civil Rights America;
When Technocracy Met Marxism: The Community Development Projects in Britain;
Community Development and the Rise of the American New Right;
From Radicalism to Realism: Rethinking Community Development in a Post-Marxist Britain;
Commodifying Community: American Community Development and Neoliberal Hegemony;
Privatising Public Life: Neoliberalism and the Dilemmas of British Community Development ;
Between Economic Crisis and Austerity: What Next for Community Development in Britain and America?;
"This book is based on substantial scholarship and offers valuable insights into the politics and practice of community development in the United States and Britain in the crucial period between the late 1960s and late 1990s." Community Development Journal
"This fascinating study deftly explores the intellectual and political history of community development. It highlights the need to challenge the inequality and elitism that haunts many contemporary practices." Professor Nancy Naples, University of Connecticut
"A thought-provoking analysis of community development debates in Britain and the US since 1968. Essential reading for students and policy analysts alike." Marjorie Mayo, Emeritus Professor of Community Development, Goldsmiths, University of London