Service delivery, community development, and disability

John W. Murphy

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Service delivery has traditionally been based on market forces. When this is the case, the community becomes a silent partner in this process. Services, accordingly, are directed mostly to correcting personal ills and have little to do with community uplift. Another model, based on the work of Amartya Sen, is available that conceptualizes interventions in a very different way. If understood in the context of community development, the focus of services is social change, rather than merely personal rehabilitation. This reorientation is discussed in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-233
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 30 2010


  • Amartya Sen
  • Capabilities approach
  • Community development
  • Neo-liberalism
  • Public ethics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Rehabilitation


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