Authentic African community development practices in a diverse society : a transdisciplinary approach

Show simple item record Van der Westhuizen, Marichen Beukes, Jacques W. Greuel, Thomas 2021-08-17T08:27:24Z 2021-08-17T08:27:24Z 2020-05
dc.description.abstract The South African people continuously engage in social actions characterised by intolerance, pointing to frustrations and disillusionment in a post-apartheid era. A need to find creative ways to engage diverse communities to work together to participate in their own development and well-being was identified. This article is based on long-term transdisciplinary discourse and work. The aim is to explore how the disciplines of social work, theology and the arts could contribute together towards the development of communities where participation, collaboration and cooperation as key principles of authentic community development are actively implemented. Within a transdisciplinary framework, the disciplines engaged in participatory research projects that resulted in findings that informed the development of a process where people at grassroots level become aware and more tolerant of each other, begin to work together and as such become involved in their own futures. It is concluded that by encouraging participation, collaboration and cooperation in social change processes, the South African people can be empowered towards working together and becoming involved in their own futures. INTRADISCIPLINARY AND/OR INTERDISCIPLINARY IMPLICATIONS: The disciplines of social work, theology and the arts entered into a transdisciplinary dialogue and work over the past years. The transdisciplinary team engaged in four participatory research projects to include input from grassroots levels to inform their understanding of how the different disciplines can better contribute towards a process of authentic community development in the diverse South African society. This resulted in the process proposed in this article. en_ZA
dc.description.department Practical Theology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian pm2021 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Van der westhuizen, M., Beukes, J.W. & Greuel, T., 2021, ‘Authentic African community development practices in a diverse society: A transdisciplinary approach’, Verbum et Ecclesia 42(1), a2150. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/ve.v42i1.2150
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS en_ZA
dc.rights © 2021. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Authentic community development en_ZA
dc.subject Africanisation en_ZA
dc.subject Diverse society en_ZA
dc.subject Transdisciplinary approach en_ZA
dc.subject Social work en_ZA
dc.subject Theology en_ZA
dc.subject The arts en_ZA
dc.subject Social change en_ZA
dc.title Authentic African community development practices in a diverse society : a transdisciplinary approach en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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