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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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Can we do more? Assessing the purpose and role of community development

Can we do more? Assessing the purpose and role of community development

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Making spaces for community development

Michael Pitchford

Paul Henderson

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the fundamentals of community development. It seeks to answer what practitioners are trying to do, how, and why? The chapter begins by discussing the different aims of the community development, with particular emphasis on practices of community development. It also discusses the tensions that exist over the aims and the manner with which these tensions have been played out. The chapter also explores the roles that values have had in assisting practitioners to manage contradictions and problems. It also outlines the key approaches to work with communities and looks at the period of the Home Office community development project (CDP), and how this affected subsequent practice. The chapter ends with a discussion of the training that is provided for community development practitioners and how successful it has been in offering to practitioners what they need to deal with the contradictions attached in their practice.

Keywords:   community development project, Home Office, community development practitioners, tensions, training

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