By Michael Pitchford
"Making area for group improvement" bargains an account of the foremost alterations to the context and perform of group improvement because the Seventies, advised during the stories and insights of a gaggle of hugely skilled practitioners. The ebook, meant for these practising and drawn to training group improvement this day, makes a speciality of dilemmas bobbing up from the shift to partnership operating from a extra confrontational version, and the professionalisation of the sphere. Bringing jointly a wealth of expertise and information from throughout components of play-work and early life via to the surroundings, neighborhood firm, race equality, immigration and housing, the ebook increases key questions for modern debates and present perform.
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Perhaps we need to ask whether community development is really able to put these aspirational values into practice. If not, what is the purpose of the value statements – to inspire or to frustrate? If the former, then maybe practitioners and community development organisations need to be increasingly using the values as a negotiating tool to justify community development approaches rather than more output-oriented techniques. Otherwise, there is a danger that the values become just rhetoric, which are dropped in the interests of efficiency and expediency.
I have not had a good enough understanding to clearly and convincingly explain the answer to someone in the street. Many other practitioners, past and present, have expressed similar confusions. This is not an accident. Community development is a practice which has been ‘contested’ for many years and there are strong claims from policy makers, practitioners and communities for what they understand and want it to be. Having described the changing context for community development in the previous chapter, we focus in this chapter on the fundamentals of community development: what practitioners are trying to do, why and how.
I was employed by social services and the councillors who lived on these estates felt this was inappropriate behaviour so asked questions about my role. ’ Community development has always faced the dilemma about the extent to which it is managing the incorporation of communities into the work of the state – asking people to participate in their own deprivation. Language used most recently to describe the role of the practitioner talks of social adaptation and changing behaviour (CDF et al, 2006, p 9).
Making Spaces for Community Development by Michael Pitchford