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Community development as micropoliticsComparing theories, policies and politics in America and Britain$
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Akwugo Emejulu

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313175

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313175.001.0001

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Community development and the rise of the New Right in America

Community development and the rise of the New Right in America

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(p.61) Chapter Four Community development and the rise of the New Right in America
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Community development as micropolitics
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Akwugo Emejulu

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313175.003.0004

This chapter focuses on the micropolitics of the competing discourses and identities of community development during the rise of the New Right in the United States from 1979 to 1985. Three discourses are identified for analysis. The first is, the ‘Populist discourse’ that is constituted by the texts, language and practices of the Alinskyist ‘non-ideological’ nation-wide neighbourhood movement. The ‘Partnership’ discourse is constituted by the texts, language and practices of technocrats and reformed 1960s radicals. Finally, the ‘Empowerment’ discourse is constituted by the texts, language and practices of second-wave feminist academics and community organisers. The three community development discourses during this moment either adopt the dominant language and practices of the New Right or are marginalised by this political movement.

Keywords:   United States, New Right, Populist discourse, Partnership discourse, Empowerment discourse, Second-wave feminist

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