Towards unsettling community development

Kenny, Susan 2011, Towards unsettling community development, Community development journal, vol. 46, no. Supplement 1, pp. i7-i19, doi: 10.1093/cdj/bsq050.

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Title Towards unsettling community development
Author(s) Kenny, Susan
Journal name Community development journal
Volume number 46
Issue number Supplement 1
Start page i7
End page i19
Total pages 13
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0010-3802
Keyword(s) Community development
Social organisation
Third-sector organisations
Social Sciences
Planning & Development
Public Administration
Summary Community development was born out of a commitment to practising ways of empowering people to take collective control of their own lives. It requires profound changes in the ways in which societies are organized, and has held out the promise of heroic change. Although community development practitioners have been able to secure spaces for community development processes and policies, overall the successes of community development have been uneven and often quite modest. Indeed, the story of community development so far is one of the considerable unfinished businesses. Drawing on two research projects, this paper considers whether third-sector organizations, which are the main sites within which community development practice takes place, generate and nurture the types of active citizenship that are appropriate to community development activities. The paper develops a typology of active citizenship and considers manifestations of the types in seven countries. The applicability of the types to community development is dependent upon what form of community development is being considered. The paper argues that we need more than a settled form of community development based around social maintenance and defensive active citizenship. An unsettled and edgy community development is also needed that requires critical, proactive, visionary, cosmopolitan and active citizens who are prepared to challenge the existing power relations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/cdj/bsq050
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
1604 Human Geography
1608 Sociology
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 940199 Community Service (excl. Work) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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