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Rosie R. Meade, Mae Shaw, and Sarah Banks

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447317364

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447317364.001.0001

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The politics of deploying community

The politics of deploying community

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(p.31) Two The politics of deploying community
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"Politics, power and community development"
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Janet Newman

John Clarke

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447317364.003.0002

This chapter offers an analysis of the very different political projects that mobilise ideas and practices of community development. However, it argues, such projects do not exist in any pure form but are subject to two crucial political processes. The chapter shows how ideas and practices of community development move across national and/or institutional boundaries, and are interpreted by mediating actors – including, but not only, community workers themselves (the politics of translation). It goes on to trace how some of the many possible meanings of ‘community’ and ‘development’ are selectively mobilised and articulated with other political concepts in ways that shape their meaning and that open – or close – political possibilities (the politics of articulation). Processes of articulation are never closed and complete, and the chapter shows how actors ’work the spaces’ of hegemonic projects to pursue alternative goals of development and democratization.

Keywords:   political projects, translation, mediation, articulation, work

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