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Making spaces for community development$
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Michael Pitchford

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847422590

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847422590.001.0001

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(p.1) One Introduction
Making spaces for community development

Michael Pitchford

Paul Henderson

Policy Press

This book provides an account of the key changes to the context and practice of community development since the 1970s through the experiences and insights of a group of highly experienced practitioners. This book was intended for those practicing and interested in practising community development today, and is aimed at encouraging practitioners to think and ponder on their work. It is the aim of the book as well to contribute and initiate debate within the field of community development. It asks questions rather than gives answers and provides an opportunity to listen to the insights and perspectives of previous practices. Six chapters follow this introduction. Chapter Two discusses the history of community development over 40 years. Chapter Three outlines some of the key changes in the landscape and context of community development. Chapter Four examines the fundamental questions of what community development is and why are we doing it. Chapter Five examines the earlier confrontational approaches used by practitioners and compares this with the changes in the practice within the community planning framework. Chapter Six examines the issue of accountability and its implication on community development practice and relationships within practitioners and communities. The last chapter assesses the stand of community development today.

Keywords:   community development, history, confrontational approaches, community planning framework, accountability, community development practice

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