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Community Development in an Uncertain World - Jim Ife

Community Development in an Uncertain World

By: Jim Ife


Published: 7th October 2013
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Queensland University of Technology - Kelvin Grove SWB212: Community and Place Based Practice

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Community Development in an Uncertain World provides a comprehensive and lively introduction to modern community development. The book explores the interrelated frameworks of social justice, ecological responsibility and post-Enlightenment thinking, drawing on various sources including the wisdom of indigenous peoples. Recognising the increasing complexity and uncertainty of the times in which we live, Jim Ife promotes a holistic approach to community development and emphasises the different dimensions of human community: social, economic, political, cultural, environmental, spiritual, personal and survival. The first section of the book examines the major theories and concepts that underpin community development. This includes a discussion of core principles: change and wisdom 'from below', the importance of process and valuing diversity. The second section focuses on practical elements, such as community work roles and essential skills. The final chapters discuss the problematic context of much contemporary practice and offer vision and hope for the future.


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      1. The crisis in human services and the need for community
      2. Foundations of community development: an ecological perspective in a time of crisis
      3. Foundations of community development: a social justice perspective
      4. Foundations of community development: beyond enlightenment modernity
      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
      13. Roles and skills 1: facilitative and educational
      14. Roles and skills 2: representational and technical
      15. The organisational context
      16. Practice issues.

      ISBN: 9781107628496
      ISBN-10: 1107628490
      Audience: Professional
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 440
      Published: 7th October 2013
      Publisher: Cambridge University Press
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 24.7 x 17.4  x 2.1
      Weight (kg): 0.77