Participatory Practice

Community-Based Action for Transformative Change

Margaret Ledwith and Jane Springett

Participatory Practice
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Margaret Ledwith and Jane Springett

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

264 pages
Paper $32.95 ISBN: 9781847420121 Published November 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Ledwith and Springett's innovative approach bridges the divide between ideas and practice and allows the development of the knowledge that is needed to bring about transformative social change. Their ideas are founded on two premises: firstly, that transformative practice begins in the everyday stories that people tell about their lives and that practical theory generated from these narratives is the best way to inform both policy and practice. Secondly, that participatory practice is a tool for examining this knowledge that allows practitioners to examine the way they view the world and to situate their local practice within bigger social issues. The book will be of interest to both academics and community-based practitioners.
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Section One: A participatory paradigm
1. Participatory practice
2. Troubled times
3. A participatory worldview
4. Participatory practice in a non-participatory world
Section Two: Participatory praxis
5. The use of story
6. The role of dialogue
7. Critical reflection
8. Transformative practice
9. Becoming whole

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