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Remaking participation: challenges for community development practice


Eversole, R, Remaking participation: challenges for community development practice, Community Development Journal , 47, (1) pp. 29-41. ISSN 1468-2656 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/cdj/bsq033


Increasing communities' participation in development processes has been the subject of both policy aspiration and scholarly critique. This paper explores the implications of a critical perspective on the ‘elusive goal’ of participation for community development practitioners. Drawing on insights from a range of scholars, this paper poses a practical challenge to professionals who work with communities: to name and challenge deeply embedded assumptions about expert knowledge and formal institutions, to recognize the role of those who ‘translate’ between community and external organizational spaces, and to integrate community knowledge and community institutions into participatory development processes.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community development, community participation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Anthropology
Research Field:Anthropology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eversole, R (Professor Robyn Eversole)
ID Code:64674
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:102
Deposited By:Institute for Regional Development
Deposited On:2010-08-17
Last Modified:2013-03-19
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