Community Development Journal (Community Dev J)

Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)

Journal description

Community Development Journal is the outstanding international journal of its kind. It provides an excellent vehicle for scholars educators community development professionals and grassroots workers to develop knowledge and exchange ideas about theory and practice worldwide. Barry Checkoway Director Center for Community Service and Learning University of Michigan USA

Current impact factor: 0.69

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Website Community Development Journal website
Other titles Community development journal
ISSN 0010-3802
OCLC 1714942
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

  • Community Development Journal 11/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv045

  • Community Development Journal 11/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv042

  • Community Development Journal 11/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv043

  • Community Development Journal 10/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv040
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    ABSTRACT: Placemaking, or the process of becoming intimate with ones′ surroundings, can serve as an indicator of immigrant integration. This article contributes to the scholarship of geographically sensitive immigrant integration with empirical research that documents the quality of localized placemaking. The dichotomy of ‘lived’ and ‘facilitated placemaking’ is introduced to differentiate between how newcomers begin embracing a new place and what governments do to engage people in governance. In a community undergoing rapid demographic change, i.e. a new gateway, the two kinds of placemaking impact newcomer empowerment. After examining the relationship between place and empowerment in the context of immigrant integration, we present an approach for testing placemaking and its findings from research conducted in central Iowa. Data collected from a series of community-based mapping workshops reveals that Latino participants engage in more, and different, placemaking than their non-Latino counterparts.
    Community Development Journal 10/2015; 50(4). DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsu064
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    ABSTRACT: In September 2015, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) replaced the millennium development goals. The ambitions of the SDGs are to transform the current aid architecture and promote environmental, economic and social well-being on a global scale. The process of how this new global framework for sustainable development has been designed is unique in terms of the extent of opportunities for people's participation. This article considers what lessons the debate on community development can offer the new global development framework. First, we analyse existing attempts to include ‘voices’ from the local level in the process of formulating the SDGs, drawing on existing literature on critical community development and citizen participation. We find that the inclusion of citizen perspectives in the SDG process was largely tokenistic. Building on this critique, we go on to explore the propositions within the critical community development literature about an approach to implementing the SDGs that could be truly transformative. Finally, we consider the insights from the critical community development literature in relation to the findings of a global network of participatory research that aimed to influence the SDG design and implementation. We explore how citizen's participation in the new global framework could become more significant through deeper and more strategic forms of representation and engagement. In conclusion, we return to examine the prospects and practical requirements for a more bottom-up and transformative approach to implementing the new global framework.
    Community Development Journal 10/2015; 50(4). DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv033

  • Community Development Journal 10/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv029

  • Community Development Journal 10/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv027
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    ABSTRACT: To achieve the transformational shift towards social accountability highlighted by UN post-2015 deliberations, more equitable and responsive relationships are necessary between marginalized communities and leaders. Of particular relevance to the sustainable development goal era is the need to build both local collective dynamics and longer-term exchange between excluded groups and state agencies as the foundation for accountable governance. Over the last decade, there has been a rapid expansion in the use of participatory video to unearth neglected perspectives, and transform communication dynamics within communities and across social levels, but it is only recently that claims of real-world influence have been interrogated critically. In this article, I propose that framing participatory video predominately as the means for participatory representation makes the curtailment of transformative social possibilities more likely. Therefore, I re-ground participatory video as a longer-term relational process (the means) towards community emergence (the consequence), in reference to key social psychological components. I draw on the use of participatory video by acutely marginalized communities in Kenya and Palestine to research the local enablers and barriers of change. Through exploring the possibilities and constraints in context I reflect on what such processes can contribute to community-driven development and how the key tensions can be negotiated. Looking ahead to SDGs, this raises key questions about the challenges faced in building longer-term accountability between the poorest and most marginalized groups and influential decision makers who can support them.
    Community Development Journal 10/2015; 50(4). DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv031
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    ABSTRACT: Appealing to official statistics, the Bolivian government's discourse affirms that significant progress has been made in achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs). It is argued that these achievements are the result of the economic policy implemented since 2006 that allowed the state to take ownership of the revenues generated by exploiting natural resources and channelling them into public investment with an emphasis on social policies. Yet for those urban and rural communities living in poverty, achievement of the MDGs does not necessarily reflect their own priorities. These priorities, or socio-political positions, were raised in the discussions around the challenges and priorities for the Bolivian State in the context of the Post-2015 development agenda. This article assesses the possibilities for these civil society positions to be included in policy discussions about the development model in Bolivia. It examines community-based citizenship practices and the political constraints they encountered when trying to access the resources allocated by the state. It highlights the predominant patron–client relationship whereby civil society organizations ensure loyalty to the governing party in exchange for resources. Finally, it describes the consequences of this situation for the discussion of the development model, and particularly for any attempt to construct alternative ways to integrate the poor and excluded. It will conclude by identifying the challenges for building citizenship based on the practices of civil society organizations, with reference to the government's socio-political discourse of symbolic inclusion of society's demands, and the dominant notion of well-being.
    Community Development Journal 10/2015; 50(4). DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv035
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    ABSTRACT: In principle, the global development discourse increasingly views people as ‘agents of change’ rather than ‘recipients of services’. In practice, however, people's participation has been limited to project implementation and has been pursued without building people's critical consciousness about their problems, and the means of solving them. This becomes particularly relevant for marginalized communities, such as sex workers and sexual minorities in India, who face further problems of discrimination and widespread stigma. Although global policy-making spaces have sought participation to ensure representation, there seems to be a strong tendency among dominant stakeholders to maintain systems and processes that legitimize and perpetuate the exclusion of marginalized groups. This article explores how these communities have seized opportunities offered by an HIV prevention programme and a global, post-2015 participatory research process to move from addressing symptoms of their problems towards tackling root causes, while using contextual knowledge to influence global policy making. When given an opportunity, community members have demonstrated the ability to deliberate, negotiate and advocate for their own agenda in meaningful ways and to challenge beliefs held by policy makers. This article makes the case for a shift in development practice and research, such that it provides people living on the margins the space and opportunity to analyse their own situations and consider alternatives.
    Community Development Journal 10/2015; 50(4). DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv034
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    ABSTRACT: Worldwide, societies are experiencing unprecedented shifts in their age compositions. For the first time in human history, the number of older people will surpass the number of children that are under the age of fourteen representing one of the 'biggest social transformations' societies will experience. The great shift in demographics demand that sustainable development efforts are age-inclusive and support the well-being of people throughout their life course - including the later life years. The purpose of this article is 2-fold. First, we delineate the linkages between the proposed sustainable development goals (SDGs) and development issues related to older persons and an ageing population, arguing that the success of the SDGs also rests on the ability to address such issues. Second, we explore community development's role in the implementation of the SDGs and addressing age-related development issues, proposing that community development's unique perspectives, values and approaches contribute to innovative development pathways conducive to age-inclusive sustainable development. © Oxford University Press and Community Development Journal. 2015 All rights reserved.
    Community Development Journal 09/2015; 50(4):bsv036. DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv036
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    ABSTRACT: This article examines how new legal strategies need to be adopted by indigenous peoples to react to the increasing phenomenon of ‘land grabbing’ taking place across the globe. In examining the specificity of the ‘land grab’ and how it particularly affects indigenous peoples, it analyses how new legal strategies targeting the investors need to be adopted by communities to mitigate some of the negative aspects of land grabbing. It argues that since the current ‘land grab’ is driven by investors it is important that indigenous peoples, and their supportive organizations, target investors and lending institutions, which are behind the massive investments in land acquisitions.
    Community Development Journal 08/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv025
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    ABSTRACT: During recent years social media’s possibilities and restrictions have been frequently discussed. In the small municipality Söderhamn, in Sweden, young adults made a Facebook group with the purpose of strengthening the young and increase their participation and influence in the municipality. This article describes what have happened in the municipality before this Facebook group arose and what its contributions have been, and discusses Facebook's opportunities to strengthen the young adults in rural areas. This Facebook group has affected life in the community, both practically and identity-wise, by increasing knowledge, proximity and interaction. However, the local stakeholders have not approached the group the way the young founders hoped.
    Community Development Journal 08/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv024

  • Community Development Journal 08/2015; DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsv023
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    ABSTRACT: The last three decades have seen social enterprises in the United Kingdom pushed to the forefront of welfare delivery, workfare and area-based regeneration. For critics, this is repositioning the sector around a neoliberal politics that privileges marketization, state roll-back and disciplining community groups to become more self-reliant. Successive governments have developed bespoke products, fiscal instruments and intermediaries to enable and extend the social finance market. Such assemblages are critical to roll-out tactics, but they are also necessary and useful for more reformist understandings of economic alterity. The issue is not social finance itself but how it is used, which inevitably entangles social enterprises in a form of legitimation crises between the need to satisfy financial returns and at the same time keep community interests on board. This paper argues that social finance, how it is used, politically domesticated and achieves re-distributional outcomes is a necessary component of counter-hegemonic strategies. Such assemblages are as important to radical community development as they are to neoliberalism and the analysis concludes by highlighting the need to develop a better understanding of finance, the ethics of its use and tactical compromises in scaling it as an alternative to public and private markets.
    Community Development Journal 07/2015; 50(3). DOI:10.1093/cdj/bsu063