The sociality and geometry of community development practice

Westoby, Peter and Owen, John (2010) The sociality and geometry of community development practice. Community Development Journal, 45 1: 58-74. doi:10.1093/cdj/bsp005

Author Westoby, Peter
Owen, John
Title The sociality and geometry of community development practice
Journal name Community Development Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-3802
Publication date 2010-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/cdj/bsp005
Volume 45
Issue 1
Start page 58
End page 74
Total pages 17
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 1604 Human Geography
Formatted abstract
This article presents a conceptual framework of practice that considers both the ‘sociality’, or disciplined practice, of particular kinds of communication and action that build community for the purposes of developmental work and the corresponding ‘geometry’, or technical dimensions, of that social practice. The framework is presented in four stages, moving from a quintessentially micro-stage of dialogue through to a more structural and geometric model for engaging systems and power relations within a community context. These stages include the sociality of nurturing inter-subjectivity and geometry of dialogue, the sociality of hospitality and geometry of moving from dyads to triads, the sociality of networking and geometry of web weaving and, finally, the sociality of structuring community action and geometry of engaging the horizontal and vertical dimensions.
© Oxford University Press and Community Development Journal. 2009.
Keyword Community development
Conceptual framework
Development project
Local participation
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online February 12, 2009

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