Community development today : taking stock

Kenny, Susan 2005, Community development today : taking stock, in National Local Authority Community Development Conference : Energise : ourselves, our communities and our world, New Plymouth District Council, [New Plymouth, N.Z.].

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Title Community development today : taking stock
Author(s) Kenny, Susan
Conference name National Local Authority Community Development Conference (2005 : New Plymouth, N.Z.)
Conference location New Plymouth, N.Z.
Conference dates 21-23 Sep. 2005
Title of proceedings National Local Authority Community Development Conference : Energise : ourselves, our communities and our world
Publication date 2005
Publisher New Plymouth District Council
Place of publication [New Plymouth, N.Z.]
Summary This paper examines some of the practices and assessments of community development today. It begins with two tales, one recounting the apparent unfulfilled policy promises for community development, the other recounting a situation where there is no community development policy agenda and no community development rhetoric, but where real grass roots community development is apparent. These two tales lead us to consideration of the nature of community development and the issue regarding the match between the discourses of community development with the practices. The paper moves to a discussion of reasons to celebrate community development in 2005. This discussion is followed by consideration of current contextual factors constraining the practices of community development. In the context of the arguments for optimism it is also important to recognise and reflect on the orthodoxies of community development. Six orthodoxies are discussed. The paper concludes with three practical suggestions for community development activities that could begin immediately.
Language eng
Field of Research 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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