Foregrounding practice – reaching for a responsive and ecological approach to community development: a conversational inquiry into the dialogical and developmental frameworks of community development

Westoby, Peter and Kaplan, Allan (2014) Foregrounding practice – reaching for a responsive and ecological approach to community development: a conversational inquiry into the dialogical and developmental frameworks of community development. Community Development Journal, 49 2: 214-227. doi:10.1093/cdj/bst037


Author Westoby, Peter
Kaplan, Allan
Title Foregrounding practice – reaching for a responsive and ecological approach to community development: a conversational inquiry into the dialogical and developmental frameworks of community development
Journal name Community Development Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0010-3802
1468-2656
Publication date 2014-04
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1093/cdj/bst037
Open Access Status
Volume 49
Issue 2
Start page 214
End page 227
Total pages 14
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Oxford University Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract This article represents an edited conversation between two practitioners exploring both an ecological-organic approach to community development practice, and the idea of practice as a ‘responsive dance’. The practice ideas have emerged from a dialogical inquiry between the two authors conducted during 2011/2012, augmented by consideration of various literatures. The dialogue involved comparison and contrasting of two development practice frameworks: one the ‘developmental approach’ from a community of practice within South Africa, and another, the ‘dialogical approach’ from a community of practice within Australia. This exchange included conversations and processes of co-writing. The exchange between the two frameworks led to a cross-fertilisation, which we argue has provided exciting new signposts for community development practice. These new signposts are considered in-depth within the promissory reflections, but in a nutshell focus on what we have called organic or ecological community development practice – a way of conceptualizing practice as embodied responsive engagement within a holistic understanding of the social world.
Keyword Community development
Practice and practitioners
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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