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Politics, power and community development.

Harms Smith, Linda


Linda Harms Smith


This review looks at a book that is a collection of writings forming the first of a series on ‘Rethinking community development’. The series in intended to challenge readers of various disciplines to critically rethink what community development means in theory and practice. The timely series, introduced by this volume, promises to be of great value to theorists and practitioners alike. What has been theorised and practised as community development clearly requires a ‘critical re-evaluation’ so that revitalised understandings may inform more relevant and contextualised approaches. This first book of the series explores Power, politics and community development, as well as their interplay within various internationally situated contexts.


HARMS SMITH, L. 2018. Politics, power and community development. Critical and radical social work [online], 6(3), pages 429-433. Available from:

Journal Article Type Book Review
Acceptance Date Aug 30, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 1, 2018
Publication Date Nov 30, 2018
Deposit Date Apr 2, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 4, 2019
Journal Critical and Radical Social Work
Print ISSN 2049-8608
Electronic ISSN 2049-8675
Publisher Policy Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 6
Issue 3
Pages 429-433
Item Discussed MEADE, R., SHAW, M. and BANKS, L. (eds.) 2016. Politics, power and community development. Bristol: Policy Press. ISBN: 9781447317371.
Keywords Community development; Theorists; Practioners; Politics; Ideologies
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