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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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From radicalism to realism

From radicalism to realism

rethinking community development in a post-Marxist Britain

(p.93) Chapter Five From radicalism to realism
Community development as micropolitics

Akwugo Emejulu

Policy Press

This chapter analyses how British community developed discourses fare during the 1979 to 1985 politically salient moment. The ‘post-Marxist’ discourse is constituted by the texts, language and practices of community development in order to shift away from the perceived economic determinism and dogmatism of classical Marxism. In contrast to this, the ‘Realist’ discourse is constituted by the texts, language and practices of community development theorists and practitioners who seek to subvert and marginalise the dominant Marxist discourse. The argument constructed in this chapter is that community development is forced to respond to the deteriorating state of urban neighbourhoods and rising unemployment levels which Marxist community development had been unable to influence or affect.

Keywords:   Marxism, Post-Marxist, New Right, Community, Discourse

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