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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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Privatising public life

Privatising public life

neoliberalism and the dilemmas of British community development

(p.133) Chapter Seven Privatising public life
Community development as micropolitics

Akwugo Emejulu

Policy Press

This chapter analyses the micropolitics of community development in Britain from 1992 to 1997. The ‘Participation’ discourse is constituted by the texts, language and practices of international and domestic institutions. This discourse should be seen primarily as a tool for the on-going neoliberal project of shrinking the welfare state and marketising social relationships. In contrast to this, the ‘Transformation’ discourse is constituted by the texts, language and practices of socialist, feminist and anti-racist community development practitioners and academics. The Transformation discourse seeks to construct community development as a process of critical consciousness. Finally, the texts and identity constructions, which constitute the Participation and Transformation discourses will be examined.

Keywords:   Participation discourse, Transformation discourse, Community, Neoliberalism, Micropolitics, Britain

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