Flirting with danger: practice dilemmas for community development in disaster recovery

Shevellar, Lynda, Westoby, Peter and Connor, Meredith (2014) Flirting with danger: practice dilemmas for community development in disaster recovery. Community Development, 46 1: 26-42. doi:10.1080/15575330.2014.968855


Author Shevellar, Lynda
Westoby, Peter
Connor, Meredith
Title Flirting with danger: practice dilemmas for community development in disaster recovery
Journal name Community Development   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1557-5330
1944-7485
Publication date 2014-11-28
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15575330.2014.968855
Open Access Status
Volume 46
Issue 1
Start page 26
End page 42
Total pages 17
Place of publication Philadelphia, United States
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract This article takes as its focus the contribution of community development to disaster recovery. It examines the experiences of community development officers employed in response to a series of devastating natural disasters within the state of Queensland, Australia. Utilizing the lens of the “dilemmatic space,” the article reveals three practice dilemmas for community development workers in disaster recovery: the struggle over discourse, the difficulties of dual accountabilities, and the challenges of legitimacy in intervention. The article concludes by examining the implications of these findings and the need for what is called ecological or organic practice to be applied to the disaster recovery context.
Keyword Community development
Natural disaster management
Disaster recovery
Practice dilemmas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 28 November 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Thu, 04 Dec 2014, 14:28:33 EST by Dr Lynda Shevellar on behalf of School of Social Science