History


Recent years have seen an increasing interest in ideas about community development, community capacity building and community participation, and increasing public discussion about these ideas by government officials, academics, practitioners and many others.

One feature of this turn to ‘community’ can be a failure to recognise that community work has its own history. Many seem to accept the claim that community development is a novel way of dealing with new social problems. Conference brochures, professional development adverts and book sleeves introducing community development claim that people will discover in it ‘innovations’, ‘up-to-the-minute strategies’ and ‘original approaches’.

There may well be considerable valuable and illuminating work that is being undertaken under the auspice of community development. Some of this work may be inventive and fresh. However, attempts at using community building as a way to improve the lives of people are as old as politics itself.

This section of ‘What Now’ includes material generated  from a research project concerned with  the history of community development in Western Australia. This includes interviews, recorded as full transcript and as short introductory videos, of thirteen people who agreed to be part of this project. These women and men have a diversity of involvement in community work, including working with young people, migrant groups, trade unions, children and families, Indigenous communities, women, in community arts, health, local government, planning, policy, research, politics, education, sustainability, the peace movement, economic development and overseas contexts.

These stories are accompanied by a paper that tracks what others have said about community work in Western Australia. This paper brings together a large range of material that looks at the history of community development work – in other continents, elsewhere in Australia and in Western Australia – as well as examining change and continuity in community development language and practice.

pdfDownload History of Community Development in WA

 

Interviews


Introducing Tony Cook
Curtin University Perth WA
15th September 2003
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Introducing Rosalie Dwyer
Murdoch University Perth WA
14th August 2003
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Introducing Helen Creed

Miscellaneous Workers Union Subiaco WA
9th February 2004

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Introducing Di McAtee

Curtin University Perth WA
15th September 2003

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Introducing Cyril Archer

Kabayji Booroo Hostel Derby WA
8th October 2003

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Introducing Carol Martin

Electoral Office Broome WA
3rd October 2003 

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Introducing Carey Drake Brockman

Dumas House, West Perth
14th April 2004

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Introducing Helen Cattalini

Murdoch University Perth WA
2nd March 2004


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Introducing Tim Muirhead

Hilton WA
6th May 2003

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Introducing Lekkie Hopkins

Murdoch University Perth WA
21st October 2003

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Introducing Ken Posney

Murdoch University Perth WA
9th February 2004

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Introducing George Davies

Murdoch University Perth WA
25th August 2003

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