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The dilemmas of development workEthical challenges in regeneration$
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Paul Hoggett

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349729

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349729.001.0001

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The public sphere as dilemmatic space

The public sphere as dilemmatic space

(p.15) Two The public sphere as dilemmatic space
The dilemmas of development work

Paul Hoggett

Marjorie Mayo

Miller Chris

Policy Press

This chapter provides a broad conceptual foundation and explores different (liberal, Marxist and other) perspectives on the nature of the relationship between state and civil society and introduces concepts and arguments from contemporary social theory (Zygmunt Bauman on modernity) and moral theory (Charles Taylor and Bernard Williams) that contribute to the understanding of ethical agency in ambiguous and contested contexts. It argues that governance in a socially diverse society exemplifies such ambiguous and contested territory. It notes that the framework offered by such contemporary theorists is compared with that provided guidance to earlier generations of development workers. It also reconnects with the earlier work of Michael Lipsky, and Peter Marris and Martin Rein and indicates how these writers are more in touch with the emotional dimension of the ethical challenges of this kind of work.

Keywords:   liberal, Marxist, state and civil society, contemporary social theory, Zygmunt Bauman, modernity, moral theory, Charles Taylor, Bernard Williams, ethical agency, development workers

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