Community Development in an Uncertain World

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 5, 2013 - Social Science - 440 pages
Community Development in an Uncertain World provides a comprehensive and lively introduction to modern community development. The book explores the interrelated frameworks of social justice, ecological responsibility and post-Enlightenment thinking, drawing on various sources including the wisdom of indigenous peoples. Recognising the increasing complexity and uncertainty of the times in which we live, Jim Ife promotes a holistic approach to community development and emphasises the different dimensions of human community: social, economic, political, cultural, environmental, spiritual, personal and survival. The first section of the book examines the major theories and concepts that underpin community development. This includes a discussion of core principles: change and wisdom 'from below', the importance of process and valuing diversity. The second section focuses on practical elements, such as community work roles and essential skills. The final chapters discuss the problematic context of much contemporary practice and offer vision and hope for the future.
 

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Should be retitled "Exploring White Guilt"

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The crisis in human services and the need for community
8
An ecological
31
A social justice
58
Beyond Enlightenment
82
A vision for community development
104
Change from below
138
The process of community development
158
The global and the local
183
Cultural environmental spiritual
237
Principles of community development and their application
267
Facilitative and educational
300
Representational and technical
326
The organisational context
348
Pracficeissues
365
References
395
Index
412

Colonialism colonialist practice and working
198
Social economic and political
212

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