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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