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Voice 4 Deptford: Empowerment, tension and social movement

Andy Turner


This case study analyses the experience of a community group confronting the development of luxury apartments, initially unable to generate change. How does community development provoke empowerment and enable social change? What tensions emerge and how is this managed as part of growing social movement? The case study highlights contrasting community development approaches, from ‘turn up at meetings’ to radical social movement and the ease community development can become de-politicised and domesticated. The case study identifies the challenge for community development groups developing social movement, becoming empowered and working to grow agency.

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