Theory and practice of dialogical community development: international perspectives

Westoby, Peter and Dowling, Gerard Theory and practice of dialogical community development: international perspectives. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.: Routledge, 2013.

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Author Westoby, Peter
Dowling, Gerard
Title Theory and practice of dialogical community development: international perspectives
Place of Publication Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Publication year 2013
Sub-type Research book (original research)
ISBN 9780415537889
Language eng
Total number of pages 169
Collection year 2014
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This book proposes that community development has been increasingly influenced and co-opted by a modernist, soulless, rational philosophy - reducing it to a shallow technique for ‘solving community problems’. In contrast, this dialogical approach re-maps the ground of community development practice within a frame of ideas such as dialogue, hospitality and depth.

For the first time community development practitioners are provided with an accessible understanding of dialogue and its relevance to their practice, exploring the contributions of internationally significant thinkers such as P. Freire, M. Buber, D. Bohm and H.G Gadamer, J. Derrida, G. Esteva and R. Sennett.

What makes the book distinctive is that: first, it identifies a dialogical tradition of community development and considers how such a tradition shapes practice within contemporary contexts and concerns – economic, social, political, cultural and ecological. Second, the book contrasts such an approach with technical and instrumental approaches to development that fail to take complex systems seriously. Third, the approach links theory to practice through a combination of storytelling and theory-reflection – ensuring that readers are drawn into a practice-theory that they feel increasingly confident has been ‘tried and tested’ in the world over the past 25 years.
Keyword Dialogue
Community development
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