Developing a discourse of the postmodern community development professional

Karen McArdle, Sue Mansfield

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    This article seeks to promote the generation of a discourse of the postmodern community work professional. A shared discourse will lead, we propose to shared capital. We argue that there is a tension between the modern and postmodern for those of us engaged in the profession of community learning and development (CL&D). We need to value reflexivity which allows the community worker to make sense of multiple discourses and to make the transition from modernism to postmodernism. We need in the CL&D profession to recognise that Marxist principles that we espoused in the 1980s may be enhanced by a new theoretical base that still values change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)107-117
    Number of pages11
    JournalDiscourse : studies in the cultural politics of education
    Issue number1
    Early online date28 Jun 2012
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • postmodernism
    • modernism
    • community development
    • social capital
    • emancipation
    • reflexivity

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