Community Development and Civil Society: Making Connections in the European Context

Community Development and Civil Society: Making Connections in the European Context


By (author) Paul Henderson, By (author) Ilona Vercseg


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  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Format: Paperback | 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 232mm x 16mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1861349696
  • ISBN 13: 9781861349699
  • Sales rank: 918,663

Product description

"Community Development and Civil Society" demonstrates the contribution that community development can make to strengthening civil society, a concept that today has global significance. Set within the context of Europe, with particular reference to the UK and Hungary, the authors argue that community development is both a profession and a social movement and can be applied to a wide range of issues including socialisation, economic wealth, social participation, social control and mutual support. Relevant to the discussion and analysis of democracy, governance and participation, the book places these concepts within an appraisal of civil society and the contrasting ways in which this key component of a democratic society is defined. The book interweaves case studies with discussion of community development principles and theory to provide a critical and accessible approach. It will appeal both to students and practitioners, and also be of interest to managers and policy-makers responsible for community programmes and policies.

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Author information

Paul Henderson has been involved in community development for over 30 years, most recently with the Community Development Foundation. He has written about community development in both the UK and the rest of Europe. Ilona Vercseg is Honorary President of the Hungarian Association for Community Development, and a University Lecturer and Senior Trainer with the Civil College Foundation. She undertakes experimental research and analysis, teaches community development and builds international contacts.

Review quote

"The authors bring a wealth of insight and experience to this analytical and practical exploration. Practicalities of participation, localisation and regional and global challenges provide a context for a deft invitation for community development to renew its vision." Alan Barr, Senior Research Fellow (University of Strathclyde), Scottish Community Development Centre, Glasgow "An important resource for those concerned with community development and with strengthening civil societies' independent roles, across Europe, more generally - with detailed case study materials from Britain and Hungary, more particularly. It will be essential reading for policy makers and a wide range of professionals." Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Table of contents

Foreword ~ Attila Gergely; Introduction; Civil society; Community development; Socialisation; Economic wealth; Social participation; Social control; Mutual support and solidarity; Potential of community development; Learning and support; Conclusions.