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Sarah Banks, Hugh L Butcher, and Paul Henderson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781861343567

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861343567.001.0001

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The concept of ‘community practice’

The concept of ‘community practice’

Chapter:
(p.8) (p.9) one The concept of ‘community practice’
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Managing community practice
Author(s):

Sarah Banks

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861343567.003.0002

This chapter outlines the nature of community practice. It sets the scene for the rest of the book, which focuses on issues related to the management of community practice. It briefly discusses the growth of work with a community focus, the reasons why it was felt necessary to coin a new term ‘community practice’ and how this differs from the more familiar terms: ‘community work’ and ‘community development’. The chapter then briefly explores the contested nature of the term ‘community’, in preparation for the elaboration of a definition of community practice and an outline of the knowledge, values and skills required for community practitioners.

Keywords:   community work, community practice, community development, work growth

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