Community Development in Action: Putting Freire Into Practice

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Policy Press, Dec 16, 2015 - Social Science - 208 pages
In a world in which social divisions are widening, not lessening, it is essential for proponents of community development--or of any other practice committed to social justice and sustainability--to understand how power works at every level, from grassroots projects to movements for change. Written with busy practitioners in mind, this exciting and practical book is filled to the brim with useful, practice-oriented ideas for reclaiming community development's critical potential for social change. Building on the work of Paulo Freire, it presents theories in interesting and straightforward ways and will be an everyday reference for giving community development a critical edge.
 

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Contents

one Principles of community development
5
two Paulo Freires critical pedagogy
21
three Kickstarting Freire in everyday practice
41
disempowerment and empowerment
67
five Paulo Freire and antiracist feminism
85
a crime against humanity
105
seven Power and political times
123
eight Emancipatory action research as a critical living praxis
139
organising collectively
157
References
175
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Margaret Ledwith is emeritus professor of community development and social justice at the University of Cumbria, UK. She is the author, most recently, of Community Development: A Critical Approach, also published by Policy Press.

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