Community Development in Action

Putting Freire into Practice

Margaret Ledwith

Community Development in Action

Margaret Ledwith

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

208 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781847428752 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $80.00 ISBN: 9781847428769 Published March 2016 For sale in North and South America only
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.
Contents
Introduction
Principles of community development
Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy
Kickstarting Freire in everyday practice
Power: disempowerment and empowerment
Paulo Freire and anti-racist feminism
Poverty: ‘a crime against humanity’
Power and political times
Emancipatory action research as a critical living praxis
Staying critical: organising collectively
Review Quotes
Dave Beck, University of Glasgow
"At a time when the challenges posed by a neoliberal world, a shrinking state and an increasingly polarized society have never been greater, this book gives both the conceptual and practical tools which are so needed by practitioners who are working for a more just world."
Keith Popple, visiting professor at London South Bank University, Bournemouth University, and Newman University, Birmingham
"Ledwith has again produced a powerful text for community development practitioners. This time she successfully links the activity with the crises of social injustice and ecological unsustainability in a highly recommendable and significant book."
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