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.
Social Planning, Rights and Social Development
As a social development practice strategy, social planning is associated with national economic development planning in the Global South, but it is also used at the community level in Western countries and by some non-governmental organisations to plan their activities. Following the creation of national planning agencies by many newly independent countries after the Second World War, social planning was introduced to augment their original focus on economic priorities. Instead of being narrowly concerned with industrial output, trade and agricultural production, national planning sought to alleviate poverty and to achieve social sectoral goals such as improving healthcare, housing and education. Social planners were trained to plan these activities and to link national social ...