Walking through social development’s key theoretical principles and practice strategies, this book shows how it promotes peoples’ wellbeing not only in the Global South, where it first emerged, but in the Western countries as well. It covers: • Definitions and an historical evolution of social development • Key theoretical debates around social well-being, human rights and social justice • Social development practice such as human capital interventions, community development and cooperatives, asset building, employment creation policies and programmes, microenterprises and social planning among others • Future challenges; global poverty, international aid and trade, and global inequality, conflict and injustice. Complete with international examples drawn from around the world, Social Development: Theory and Practice demonstrates how social development theory translates into practical application. This book is essential reading for students in development studies, social policy, public administration and social work, and for policymakers and development practitioners everywhere. James Midgley is the Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley.
Theoretical Debates and the Social Development Process
Because social development is largely a practical affair, theory has not been given much prominence. However, social development practice is invariably informed by theory, and although seldom recognised, practitioners often draw on theoretical ideas to formulate proposals and implement projects and programmes. They also have recourse to theory when assessing the effectiveness of different practice approaches. For these reasons, some scholars have sought to emphasise the role of theory and some have drawn on interdisciplinary social science knowledge to conceptualise and analyse social development practice and articulate its normative assumptions.
Theoretical analyses have focused primarily on the notion of process, ...