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Reviews the contemporary campaigns for community participation and empowerment throughout the world, and demonstrates how communities are taking more control over the key social and economic issues they confront.
Community, participation and empowerment - the human face of structural adjustment of tools for democratic transformation?, Marjorie Mayo and Gary Craig; counter-development - possibilities and constraints, Benno Galjart; participatory development - toward liberation and co-optation?, Muhammad Anisur Rahman; disability - emancipation, community participation and disabled people, Colin Barnes and Geof Mercer; empowerment and ageing - toward honoured places for crones and sages, Jenny Onyx and Pam Benton; the voluntary sector challenge to fortress Europe, Pauline Conroy; the university and empowerment - the European union, university adult education and community economic development with "excluded groups", Peadar Shanahan and John Ward; self-organization and older people in Eastern Germany, Prue Chamberlayne; Community work and the state - the changing context of UK practice, Marilyn Taylor; community action in the United States, S.M. Miller, et al; community development organizational capacity and US urban policy - lessons from the Chicago experience 1983-1993, Wim Wiewel and Doug Gills; activism, service provision and the states' intellectuals - community work in Australia, Helen Meekosha and Martin Mowbray; community organizing in the Philippines - the experience of development NGOs, Karen Constantino-David; social reconstruction and community development in the transition to democracy in South Africa, Vivienne Taylor; participation, empowerment and sexual health in Africa, Gill Gordon; the Nicaraguan community movement - in defence of life, Hazel Plunkett; Brazilian community development - changes and challenges, Frances O'Connor.