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Community Development in an Uncertain World
Vision, Analysis and Practice

2nd Edition


  • Author: Jim Ife, Curtin University, Perth
  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107543362

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  • In Community Development in an Uncertain World, Jim Ife draws on the principles of social justice, ecological responsibility and post-Enlightenment and Indigenous perspectives to advance new holistic approaches to community development. The book explores the concept of community development on a local and international scale in the context of globalisation and postcolonial theory. Students will gain the essential skills and practical understanding required to navigate the existing managerial environment and cultivate new community practices. This new edition incorporates current research into community development and includes important new work on 'alternative visions' for a sustainable and just future. It introduces the foundational theories of community development and explains their importance in shaping solutions to uniquely modern issues. Readers are encouraged to critically engage with the material through the accompanying discussion questions. Written in an accessible, engaging style, this text is an essential resource for students and professionals in the human services.

    • Includes important new work on 'alternative visions' for a sustainable and just future
    • Offers a comprehensive coverage of theory in an accessible, engaging style
    • Encourages critical thinking and analysis
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107543362
    • length: 412 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 8 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Crisis, transition and community
    2. Alternatives and transitions
    3. Foundations of community development: ecological and social justice perspectives
    4. Foundations of community development: post-Enlightenment and Indigenous perspectives
    5. A vision for community development
    6. Change from below
    7. The process of community development
    8. The global and the local
    9. Colonialism, colonialist practice and working internationally
    10. Community development: social, economic and political
    11. Community development: cultural, environmental, spiritual, personal and survival
    12. Principles of community development and their application to practice
    13. Roles and skills 1: facilitative and educational
    14. Roles and skills 2: representational and technical
    15. The organisational context
    16. Practice issues.

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    Jim Ife, Curtin University, Perth

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