Towards a post-Enlightenment, post-colonial, indigenous and sustainable community development: Lessons from the UK

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Since 2015 the UK community development academic and practitioner field has increasingly focused on the sustainable development goals to revitalize community development. Whilst this is refreshing, findings from my doctoral research suggest that community development remains rooted within colonialist definitions and practices of development that can lead to unequal development and the disempowerment of local people. To offset such practices, this presentation exposes four problems within contemporary community development theory and practice which stem from colonial values and practices. To counter these, this presentation offers a blueprint for a post-Enlightenment and post-evolutionary community development in the UK committed to more indigenous practices of sustainable development.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2019
EventCommunity Development Society Conference 2019 - Columbia, United States
Duration: 14 Jul 201917 Jul 2019

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ConferenceCommunity Development Society Conference 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityColumbia
Period14/07/1917/07/19

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