Contemporary strategies for rural community development in Australia: a governmentality perspective

Herbert-Cheshire, L (2000) Contemporary strategies for rural community development in Australia: a governmentality perspective. Journal of Rural Studies, 16 2: 203-215.


Author Herbert-Cheshire, L
Title Contemporary strategies for rural community development in Australia: a governmentality perspective
Journal name Journal of Rural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0743-0167
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0743-0167(99)00054-6
Volume 16
Issue 2
Start page 203
End page 215
Total pages 13
Language eng
Abstract Contemporary strategies for rural development in Australia are based upon notions of self-help and bottom-up, community-based initiatives which are said to 'empower' the individual from the imposing structures of government intervention. While such strategies are not entirely new to Australia, they have, it seems, been inadequately theorised to date and are generally regarded, in rather functionalist terms, as indicative of attempts to cut back on public expenditure. Harnessing itself to the 'governmentality' perspective, this paper explores government and 'expert' discourses of rural community development in Queensland and suggests, instead, that these strategies are indicative of an advanced liberal form of rule which seeks to 'govern through community'. With this in mind, three basic research questions are identified as worthy of further exploration; how are the notions of self-governing individuals and communities constructed in political discourse; what political rationalities are used to justify current levels of(non) intervention and finally; what are the discourses, forms and outcomes of empowerment at the local level? The paper concludes by arguing that while the empowering effects of self-help are frequently cited as its greatest virtue, it is not so much control as the added burden of responsibility that is being devolved to local people. Given the emphasis of the governmentality perspective on strategies for 'governing at a distance', however, these conclusions can hardly be unexpected. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd, All rights reserved.
Keyword Planning & Development
Local Governance
Territory
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Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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