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    Connecting our analysis to create alliances: opportunities for action arising from neoliberalism's joint challenge to communities and our environment


    Gorman, Jamie (2014) Connecting our analysis to create alliances: opportunities for action arising from neoliberalism's joint challenge to communities and our environment. In: Sociologial Association of Ireland Postgraduate Conference, 7th-8th March, 2014, National University of Ireland Galway. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    This paper argues that neoliberalism, as a common threat for social justice and environmental concerns, can create mutual consensus for political action across diverse interest groups. The paper highlights neoliberial trends towards the commodification of community and the marketisation of the environment. It identifies three characteristics of commercialisation, depoliticisation and cosumption. The paper finds that many proposed solutions remain within the neoliberal paradigm and seek to capitalise on the crisis rather than provide for transformative social change. It therefore explores how counter-hegemonic sollutions might be developed through effective alliances between community development and the environmental movement. It maps out the diverse spaces where consensus for political action might be achieved, highlighting examples in marginalised and pollution affected communities, communities promoting sustainability and communities resisting unsustainability. The paper suggests that processes of dialogue and alliance building can support more effective engagement between community development and environmentalism. This paper has implications for how the social professions responds to environmental issues at a time when climate change is increasingly affecting communities with whom they are concerned and with whom they work for social justice.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Keywords: Community development; environmental justice; neoliberalism; action research;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Applied Social Studies
    Item ID: 4841
    Depositing User: Jamie Gorman
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 10:15
    Refereed: No
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