American community development and neoliberal hegemony
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’.
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