Community Development as Micropolitics

Comparing Theories, Policies and Politics in America and Britain

Akwugo Emejulu

Community Development as Micropolitics

Akwugo Emejulu

Distributed for Bristol University Press

208 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447313182 Published October 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447313175 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Community development is routinely invoked as a practical solution to a myriad of social problems, even though there is little consensus about its meaning and purpose. Through a comparative analysis of competing US and UK perspectives on community development since 1968, this book critically examines the contradictory ideas and practices that have shaped this field. Such an approach exposes problematic politics that have far-reaching consequences for those committed to working for social justice. This accessible book offers an alternative model for thinking about the politics of community development and will appeal to academics, students, and professionals in the community development field.

What are the Micropolitics of Community Development?

Community Development in a Post-Civil Rights America

When Technocracy Met Marxism: The Community Development Projects in Britain

Community Development and the Rise of the American New Right

From Radicalism to Realism: Rethinking Community Development in a Post-Marxist Britain

Commodifying Community: American Community Development and Neoliberal Hegemony

Privatising Public Life: Neoliberalism and the Dilemmas of British Community Development

Between Economic Crisis and Austerity: What Next for Community Development in Britain and America?


Review Quotes
Heath Brown | New Books in Political Science
“What is community development exactly? Emejulu’s book integrates historical, theoretical, and comparative approaches to answering this difficult question. She describes several discourses, including: Democracy, Power, Poverty, Empowerment, and Populist, and maps how community development has changed in the United States and also in Britain. The book informs theoretical questions about how social movements use language to link leaders and followers and larger questions of participatory democracy.”
Community Development Journal
"This book is based on substantial scholarship and offers valuable insights into the politics and practice of community development in the United States and Britain in the crucial period between the late 1960s and late 1990s."
Nancy Naples, University of Connecticut
“This fascinating study deftly explores the intellectual and political history of community development. It highlights the need to challenge the inequality and elitism that haunts many contemporary practices.”
Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
“A thought-provoking analysis of community development debates in Britain and the United States since 1968. Essential reading for students and policy analysts alike.”
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