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Title: The alternative model of development : the practice of community economy in disaster-stricken Sichuan
Authors: Ting, W 
Chen, H
Keywords: Alternative development
Community economy
Post-disaster re-development
Social work
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: China journal of social work, 2012, v. 5, no. 1, p. 3-24 How to cite?
Journal: China journal of social work 
Abstract: The discussion of China as a new partner among the 'old' international powerful states has largely focused on its actual and potential economic power and performance. To achieve and maintain this status, China has to convince the world and its people that continuous economic development is not only possible but also necessary. The dominant discourse suggests a model of development that relies primarily on the relentless growth in GDP. This discourse has had a profound influence on the post-earthquake redevelopment/reconstruction efforts in Sichuan province. However, alternative models of development/redevelopment also attempt to help the reconstruction of these communities. Community economy as alternative model emphasizes not just on economic growth, but also the importance of renewing the interpersonal relationships among local villagers and the relationships between rural producers and urban consumers. In this paper, the evolution, implementation and outcome of this practice are described and discussed. Implications and recommendations are also drawn for similar community endeavours in the context of global (economic) development.
ISSN: 1752-5098
EISSN: 1752-5101
DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2012.658609
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