Edited by Gary Craig
Chapter 23: Social justice and community development: social justice in practice
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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