Community development : a quest for social change or social submission : (towards a model of change for South Africa)

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Wentzel, Wilfred en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Van Heerden, Debbie en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-05T10:53:25Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-05T10:53:25Z
dc.date.issued 1988 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van Heerden, D. 1988. Community development : a quest for social change or social submission : (towards a model of change for South Africa). University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21150
dc.description Bibliography: pages 136-148. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The thesis attempts to address the dubious statement of conventional community development that the approach is neutral. The central question asked was 'Is community development a value neutral approach established to meet the needs of communities or does it have another function?' Arguing that no approach that deals with people and which was specifically formulated by persons in a definite ideological context can be neutral, the author then sets about proving that the community development approach is closely aligned to the conservative structural functionalist perspective. An analysis was made of the central tenets of the structural functionalist position and central themes of community development examined as to the basis of their assumptions. It became obvious that a very close correlation exists between the community development approach and the structural functionalist position. Once this had been established the broader ramifications of working within this theoretical position were explored. A number of observations were made in this regard. It was argued that community development could never achieve its goals while working within this framework as it failed to address the real structural problems in society. In supporting the existing social order, the emphasis is shifted away from society as a cause of problems and emphasis, incorrectly, placed on individual communities. Persons are thus expected to find solutions to problems they had no part in causing. Thus, within a South African context, a status quo is supported which propagates inequality, injustice and social deprivation. It was then argued that an alternate approach should be sought which addresses the fundamental social problems. A starting point for this approach could be an acceptance on the part of the community development approach of its inherent political nature and clarification as to how this effects the approach. It was suggested that in the South African context exponents should take their lead from the oppressed communities and their expression of need. One such pointer was the Freedom Charter which was drawn up in 1955 by a democratic grouping of the population. In order to give substance to the theoretical argument the arguments were focussed on a rural South African community where research was conducted. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Community development - South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject.other Social Planning and Administration en_ZA
dc.title Community development : a quest for social change or social submission : (towards a model of change for South Africa) en_ZA
dc.type Thesis / Dissertation en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Social Development en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationname MSocSc en_ZA
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