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 Principles and Social Development Practice

Theoretical Principles and Social Development Practice
Theoretical Principles and Social Development Practice

It was shown in the previous chapter that social development practice is informed by theoretical ideas which are not always acknowledged but have nevertheless informed the field’s many practice interventions. To better appreciate the role of these ideas, this chapter examines the principles and concepts that directly inform practice. It also seeks to facilitate a better understanding of practice by analysing the distinctive characteristics of social development interventions and the different agents and organisations involved in implementation. The need for effective outcome evaluation is also stressed. The chapter hopes to show that theoretical ideas are highly relevant to the practice strategies that seek to achieve social development’s goal of promoting social well-being for ...

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