Pushing against a future dark side for community development: An editorial call to action

Craig A. Talmage, Matthew M. Mars, Bryan J. Hains, Kristina D. Hains, Brien K. Ashdown

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Community Development as a journal has undergone streamlining, yet much work remains to improve the journal’s relations with its many stakeholders around the world and within the field of community development. Community Development, in collaboration with the Community Development Society, must respond to the calls of communities. This article conveys the voice of the Community Development editorial team relative to these critical calls. We begin by sharing the significance of honoring and reconciling our past, while carrying forward lessons learned. We then turn to many of the challenges in the field posed as questions: What are we missing? Where are we stagnating? Where are we not challenging the assumptions? Where must we build bridges between theory, practice, and education? And, how do we strive against a “dark side” future? Ultimately, our intent is to critique the journal and the field, pushing the narrative toward a more engaged and interactive CD field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-324
Number of pages15
JournalCommunity Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2024


  • State of the field
  • community development theory
  • critical perspectives
  • frameworks
  • methodological rigor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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