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Community Development and Civil Society: Making Connections in the European Context
     

Community Development and Civil Society: Making Connections in the European Context

by Paul Henderson, Ilona Vercseg
 

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Community development and civil society demonstrates the contribution that community development can make to strengthening civil society, a concept that today has global significance. Set within the context of Europe, with particular reference to the UK and Hungary, the authors argue that community development is both a profession and a social movement and can be

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Community development and civil society demonstrates the contribution that community development can make to strengthening civil society, a concept that today has global significance. Set within the context of Europe, with particular reference to the UK and Hungary, the authors argue that community development is both a profession and a social movement and can be applied to a wide range of issues including socialisation, economic wealth, social participation, social control and mutual support.

Relevant to the discussion and analysis of democracy, governance and participation, the book places these concepts within an appraisal of civil society and the contrasting ways in which this key component of a democratic society is defined.

The book interweaves case studies with discussion of community development principles and theory to provide a critical and accessible approach. It will appeal both to students and practitioners, and also be of interest to managers and policymakers responsible for community programmes and policies.

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The authors bring a wealth of insight and experience to this analytical and practical exploration. Practicalities of participation, localisation and regional and global challenges provide a context for a deft invitation for community development to renew its vision. Alan Barr, Senior Research Fellow (University of Strathclyde), Scottish Community Development Centre, Glasgow

An important resource for those concerned with community development and with strengthening civil societies' independent roles, across Europe, more generally - with detailed case study materials from Britain and Hungary, more particularly. It will be essential reading for policy makers and a wide range of professionals. Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781861349705
Publisher:
Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date:
07/01/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Henderson, Community Development Consultant and Ilona Vercseg, Research Fellow (Community Development), Hungarian Association For Community Development

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