Community development in Indonesia : westernization or doing it their way?

Kenny, Sue, Fanany, Ismet and Rahayu, Sutria 2012, Community development in Indonesia : westernization or doing it their way?, Community development journal, vol. 48, no. 2, Advance Access article, pp. 280-297.

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Title Community development in Indonesia : westernization or doing it their way?
Author(s) Kenny, Sue
Fanany, Ismet
Rahayu, Sutria
Journal name Community development journal
Volume number 48
Issue number 2
Season Advance Access article
Start page 280
End page 297
Total pages 18
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2012-11-01
ISSN 1468-2656
0010-3802
Keyword(s) community development
Indonesia
westernization
Summary This paper considers the claim that ideas and practices of international development, including community development, are embedded in Western notions of how to organize society. It elucidates some of the main precepts of the westernization thesis, and drawing on several studies of community development projects in Indonesia, it investigates what elements might be considered as ‘Western’ and whether the adoption of so-called Western ways is the result of the dominating power of international agencies or a pragmatic choice of active agents. The paper argues that the westernization thesis is problematic and does little to help us understand the complex interactions involving change at the community level. From a community development perspective, the question of whether the themes of westernization are appropriate is not a matter of the views of outside experts, but whether they are of use to the people at the grassroots in their collective endeavours.
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050647

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