From self-help to class struggle: revisiting Coventry Community Development Project’s 1970s journey of discovery

Benjamin Kyneswood, Mick Carpenter

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Abstract

This article examines the experiences of the 1970–1975 Coventry Community Development Project in Hillfields as one of four first wave projects, and charts its avowed three stage shift from a consensual, to a pluralist and finally a class structuralist approach, developing a radical theory and practice that helped to shape the wider UK radical Community Development Project movement. While supporting the main features of the structural approach they developed in their 1975 Final Reports, we also raise critical issues that were of importance at the time, and have continuing relevance for community development in the challenging times we now face.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-268
Number of pages22
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Volume52
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Statement: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Funder

The research for this article was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) ‘Imagine – Connecting Communities through Research’ project (grant no. ES/K002686/2).<br/>

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