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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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Commodifying community

Commodifying community

American community development and neoliberal hegemony

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(p.115) Chapter Six Commodifying community
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Community development as micropolitics
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Akwugo Emejulu

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447313175.003.0006

This chapter focuses on the micropolitics of community development from 1992 to 1997 in the United States. There are two discourses identified for analysis: The ‘Revitalisation discourse’ constituted by the texts, language and practices of official state actors in President Bill Clinton’s Administration. In addition, community development is constructed as a tool to convey the principles of neoliberalism. In opposition to these practices, the ‘Coalition discourse’ is constituted by the texts, language and practices of feminist, anti-racist and Alinskyist practitioners. These discourses emerge in response to two important events: the hegemony of the New Right coalition and the divisiveness of so-called ‘identity politics’.

Keywords:   New Right, Democracy, Discourse, Community, Revitalisation discourse, President Bill Clinton, Coalition discourse, Identity politics

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