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Critical Community Practice


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Introduction; Power and empowerment: the foundations of critical community practice; What is critical community practice? Case studies and analysis; Towards a model of critical community practice; Working in and with community groups and organisations: processes and practices; Critical community practice: organisational leadership and management; Politics and policy: a critical community practice perspective; Becoming critical: developing the community practitioner; Conclusions.

About the Author

Hugh Butcher researches, writes and publishes as an independent consultant in the fields of community practice and higher education development. He has worked in community development, as a tutor in social policy, and in educational management and was, until recently, Head of Department of Applied Social Science and Humanities at Bradford College, West Yorkshire, UK. He contributed to, and co-edited Community and Public Policy and Managing Community Practice.Sarah Banks is Professor in the School of Applied Social Sciences, Durham University, UK. She teaches and researches in the fields of community practice and development, youth work and professional ethics. Her publications include Ethics and Values in Social Wok; Ethics, Accountability and the Social Professions and edited collections: Managing Community Practice, Ethical Issues in Youth Work and Teaching Practical Ethics for the Social Professions.Paul Henderson is a consultant and writer on community development, having previously been Visiting Professor at De Montfort University, UK and Director of Practice Development at the Community Development Foundation. Co-authored publications include Skills in Neighbourhood Work and Social Exclusion and Community Development and the edited publication Managing Community Practice. He is a Trustee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.Jim Robertson is a former Senior Lecturer in the School of Health, Community and Education Studies, Northumbria University. He is currently Chair of the Churches Community Work Alliance and is co-author of the publication Acting in Good Faith (2004) concerned with church-related community development. Current practice experience includes a management role in projects enabling community development learning in disadvantaged areas of North East England.


"This book provides much needed guidance at an opportune moment. It draws from rich experiences at home and abroad to recommend a kind of community engagement that aims toward social justice and individual empowerment at the same time. It should be read by all those hoping to understand and enrich the quality of local democracy." Archon Fung, John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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