The dilemmas of development work

Ethical challenges in regeneration

Paul Hoggett, Marjorie Mayo, and Chris Miller

The dilemmas of development work

Paul Hoggett, Marjorie Mayo, and Chris Miller

Distributed for Bristol University Press

208 pages
Paper $38.95 ISBN: 9781861349712 Published November 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9781861349729 Published November 2008 For sale in North and South America only
Social development work takes place in the grey area between government and the voluntary and community sectors. This book, written by three well-known educators and researchers in the social policy and development field, explores the ways in which front-line professionals working with communities identify and address the dilemmas inherent in the current policy context. Drawing upon original material, the authors examine [vbTab]how ’community engagement’ workers negotiate the ethical and emotional challenges they face; how they work through problems of community representation at interpersonal and team levels; how they manage the conflicting roles of local activist and paid worker and what role colleagues, management and others play when responding to such challenges.The dilemmas of development work reconnects to, and updates, an important tradition in social policy which explores the dilemmas of ’street-level’ work. It draws on contemporary political theory and current debates concerning the modernisation of governance and psycho-social perspectives on identity, values and agency. Combining theory and practice, it will appeal to practitioners, policy makers and undergraduates in social and public policy.



Part One: Context, role and person

   The public sphere as dilemmatic space
   The nature of development work

   The resilience of development workers

   Workers’ values and commitments

   Negotiating dilemmatic space

   Handling authority relations

Part Two: Modernisation and beyond

   Modernisation and community governance

   Doing the work: negotiating the modernization agenda

   The future of development work



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