The State and Community Action

The State and Community Action

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In this controversial book, Terry Robson shatters the myth that the current community development movement has the potential to change the nature of society. Robson criticises community development organisations for losing touch with the very communities they are seeking to serve. Against a background of continuing civil and political conflict, Robson examines case studies in Ireland, Britain, Romania and the United States.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 139.7 x 222.25 x 19.05mm | 476.27g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745314791
  • 9780745314792

Table of contents


Part I: Theoretical context

1. The State and Hegemony

2. Coercion, Community and Civil Society

3. Community as Counter-Hegemony

4. The Co-option of Radicalism

5. Community, Catholicism and Communitarianism

Part II: The Case Studies

6. Northern Ireland: The evolution of a counter-hegemony

7. The United States: Poverty and the Catholic Worker Movement

8. Romania: Charity as Social Control



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About Terry Robson

Peter Ives is Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Winnipeg. He completed his PhD in Social and Political Thought at York University, Toronto in 1998. He is the author of Gramsci's Politics of Language: Engaging the Bakhtin Circle and the Frankfurt School (2004).
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