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Michael Lavalette

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847428189

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847428189.001.0001

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Re-gilding the ghetto: community work and community development in 21st-century Britain

Re-gilding the ghetto: community work and community development in 21st-century Britain

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(p.165) ten Re-gilding the ghetto: community work and community development in 21st-century Britain
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Radical social work today
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Sarah Banks

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847428189.003.0011

This chapter examines the nature of ‘community work’ and regards ‘community development’ as one of several approaches to community work. It considers Marjorie Mayo's conclusion that community development as an intervention has limited radical potential, and argues that this conclusion is equally valid thirty-five years later, as the more radical ‘community action’ approaches to community work have been marginalised and community development has become mainstreamed within policies and practices concerned with promoting citizen participation and neighbourhood renewal. The chapter also offers examples of locally based action for political change (based on community organising and critical pedagogy), which keep alive the radical community-work tradition. The focus is on community work as an occupation and set of practices in Britain, where it has developed separately from social work.

Keywords:   Britain, community work, community development, social work, Marjorie Mayo, community action, political change, community organising, critical pedagogy

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