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Bhattacharyya - Theorizing Community Development
Transcript of Bhattacharyya - Theorizing Community Development
& Participation Three Principles “[C]ommunity development practitioners must address macro factors while working in microenvironments. Local problems today are likely to be only local manifestations of larger problems. This calls for political action, and networking among community organizations to gain political clout.” Micro-Macro Connections Public Health: “Social Antibodies”.
Violence: Neighbourhood Solidarity.
Economic Development: Micro-Credit. Food: CSA. Community Development Examples Jnanabrata Bhattacharyya defines community development not as a local sub-level of development, but as a participatory approach to development in opposition to development approaches based on top-down, pre-defined programs of “modernization” or “liberalization”. For him, community development “aims at building solidarity and agency by adhering to three practice principles, namely, self-help, felt needs, and participation.” The core debate in development studies is whether to prioritize global wealth generation through liberalized trade versus community-led poverty alleviation through democratic accountability. What are the pros and cons of each approach, and how are they compatible/incompatible? How has industrialization affected the meaning of community? Question 1 Question 2