Community Development Journal, vol. 43, 2008, p. 24-36
Community development has been, and continues to be, subject to competing rationalities, inhabiting a position at the intersection of a range of opposing ideas, traditions, visions and interests and claimed by the political right, left and centre with equal enthusiasm. It exercises a continuous attraction as a mediator between the state and particular problem constituencies. It can be appropriated both to maintain the status quo and preserve privilege, and can also create a public space for the expression of various forms of common position and collective identity. It can reinforce existing unequal and divisive social relations of power, or it can provide a lens through which existing structures can be critically scrutinised in order to find a way to create a more equal, supportive and sustainable alternative.
London: Routledge, 2008
The book explains how social work students and practitioners can develop approaches to neighbourhood work, in order to engage communities more purposefully and to work with citizens and other mainstream and community service providers to build the capacity of neighbourhoods to tackle social problems on their own. Each chapter includes objectives and key points, as well as case studies and activities where appropriate, and the topics discussed include: