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Social Work and Social DevelopmentTheories and Skills for Developmental Social Work$
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James Midgley and Amy Conley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199732326

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199732326.001.0001

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Community Practice and Developmental Social Work

Community Practice and Developmental Social Work

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This chapter discusses the developmental approach to community social work practice. Although community organization and other forms of macro practice are usually associated with developmental interventions, the author contends that conventional community practice approaches such as neighborhood building, social services planning and social action have not effectively utilized investments that address peoples’ material needs. Drawing on the experience of community development in the Global South and local economic development innovations in the United States, the chapter argues for a greater focus on economic projects that raise standards of living and address the problem of poverty and deprivation in poor communities.

Keywords:   community practice, community development, macro practice, social work, social development

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