Kenny, Susan 2004, Community development orthodoxies, in Community development human rights and the grassroots : a conference to explore and celebrate the role of community development today : conference proceedings : proceedings of a conference held in Melbourne 14-18 April 2004, Deakin University, Geelong, Vic., pp. 107-115.
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Community development human rights and the grassroots : a conference to explore and celebrate the role of community development today : conference proceedings : proceedings of a conference held in Melbourne 14-18 April 2004
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Drawing on recent research and reflections upon the role of community development in the twenty-first century, and discussion that have taken place in this Conference, this paper will examine constructions of community development and consider some of its key orthodoxies. Central to ideas of orthodoxy in community development is a conception of 'pure' community development. However, does the notion of 'pure' community development have practical and political value? If so, where are the boundaries? In answering these questions, this paper will explore elements of contemporary wisdom in community development, such as commitment to social change, participation, empowerment, capacity building, localism and the moral superiority of the oppressed.
Field of Research
169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified