Re-thinking 'tradition' and community development practice: integrating Derrida's 'trace' and Peile's 'creative synthesis' into a reconceptualising of 'traditions' and community development practice

Westoby, Peter and Simpson-Hope, Grace (2011) Re-thinking 'tradition' and community development practice: integrating Derrida's 'trace' and Peile's 'creative synthesis' into a reconceptualising of 'traditions' and community development practice. European Journal of Social Work, 14 2: 213-227. doi:10.1080/13691451003744358


Author Westoby, Peter
Simpson-Hope, Grace
Title Re-thinking 'tradition' and community development practice: integrating Derrida's 'trace' and Peile's 'creative synthesis' into a reconceptualising of 'traditions' and community development practice
Journal name European Journal of Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1369-1457
1468-2664
Publication date 2011-06
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13691451003744358
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 213
End page 227
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines and critiques the notion of 'tradition' within community development literature. Appreciatively, the paper presents a typology of how the community development literature uses the notion of tradition—as geographically-defined, methodologically-oriented and intellectually-rooted practice; and also discusses the functions of tradition as 'inspiration' for community work practice. Critically, the paper discusses the limits of the concept, offering a cautionary note to the potential pitfalls of a focus on tradition. It proposes Derrida's 'trace' to moderate tradition as 'stagnation of practice'. Furthermore, Peile's 'creative synthesis' is discussed to show how 'parts' of, or traces of different traditions can be appraised, modified and synthesised, through a creative process, into a new 'whole' which appears different to the sources of its constituent parts. Finally, the paper discusses the findings of a small research project that investigates the multiple ways 'tradition' is used or made sense of, by a small cohort of experienced community development workers within Brisbane, Australia.
Keyword Community Development
Traditions
Trace
Creative Synthesis
Reflective Practice
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes First published online: 17 August, 2010.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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