Handbook on Global Social Justice
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Handbook on Global Social Justice

Edited by Gary Craig

In the fifty years since Rawls seminal work A Theory of Justice, the concept has been debated with those on the political right and left advocating very different understandings. This unique global collection, written by a group of international experts, offers wide-ranging analyses of the meaning of social justice that challenge the ability of the market to provide social justice for all. The Handbook also looks at how the theory of social justice informs practice within a range of occupations or welfare divisions.
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Chapter 23: Social justice and community development: social justice in practice

Marjorie Mayo


Whilst the concept of justice has been and continues to be contested, along with the notion of social justice, so too has the concept of community, along with continuing debates on community development. To what extent have community development programmes served to manage social change without challenging the interests of those in power, adjusting communities, enabling them to cope with the realities of their situations, even when these are rooted in social injustices? And conversely, how far have community development programmes enabled communities to channel their feelings of injustice, challenging the causes as well as ameliorating their experiences of unfairness, moving on to develop more transformative strategies for social change? This chapter focuses both on some of the ways in which these conceptual debates have been intersecting, and on community development programmes per se, their contributions and challenges, drawing on examples from Britain and elsewhere, internationally.

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