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Participation in Community Work

International Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Anne Karin Larsen, Vishanthie Sewpaul, Grete Oline Hole


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Participation is a key community work method and this text, written by an international selection of authors, covers innovative approaches in community based education and practice. Including real-life case studies of participatory practice, it offers new definitions of community work, organisation and development and will challenge and inspire all those involved in community work practice and research.

Divided into four parts, Participation in Community Work begins by exploring theoretical aspects of participation and the co-construction of knowledge, including the ethics of participation. The second part focuses on the potential of participatory learning and action research, with chapters presenting key techniques followed by case studies. The third part looks at power and participation, addressing issues of inclusivity, capacity and democracy-building and giving examples from a range of research and field projects. Finally, the fourth part begins the discussion of new and emerging challenges for community work globally.

This unique book is suitable for students, researchers and practitioners interested in participation and community development from a range of disciplines, including community work itself through social work and youth work to health promotion.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction Anne Karin Larsen, Vishanthie Sewpaul and Grete Oline Hole Part 1: Participation, Ethics and Co-Construction of Knowledge in Community Work 2. The Ethics of Participation in Community Work Practice Richard Hugman and Linda Bartolomei 3. Community Knowledge and Practices After the Postmodern Epistemic Framework: Towards a Second Modernity Andrés Arias Astray, David Alonso and Andoni Alonso 4. The Co-Construction of Knowledge: Reflection on Experiences of Developing an Online International Community Work Course Grete Oline Hole, Janet Harris and Anne Karin Larsen Part 2: Participatory Learning and Action Research 5. Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) Techniques for Community Work Vivienne Bozalek 6. Mobilising Community Strengths and Assets: Participatory Experiences of Community Members in a Garden Project Tanusha Raniga 7. Participatory Learning of Community Work in an E-Learning Course Anne Karin Larsen and Grete Oline Hole Part 3: Power and Participation in Community Work 8. Power and Participation in Community Work Research and Practice Vishanthie Sewpaul, Ingrid Osthus and Christopher Mhone 9. How Do We Make Room For All? The Power of Context in Shaping Action Bliss Browne and Caroline Adelman 10. Community Work within the Norwegian Welfare State: Barriers and Possibilities for Work with Particularly Vulnerable Groups Gunn Strand Hutchinson 11. Community Work as Part of Neighbourhood Renewal: A Case Study Kjell Henriksbø and Anne Line Grimen 12. Partnership and Participation: Art in Community Work Rina Visser-Rotgans and Eduardo Marques Part 4: Addressing New Global Challenges 13. (Re)Imagining Communities in the Context of Climate Change: A Saving Grace or the Evasion of State Responsibilities During (Hu)Man-Made Disasters? Lena Dominelli 14. Pacific Heritage Specific Conceptual Frameworks and Family Violence Preventive Training in Aotearoa New Zealand Vaiolesi Passells 15. Social Action for Community Work in India: Grass-Roots Interventions to Face Global Challenges Sanaya Singh and Prabha Tirmare 16. Community Work and the Challenges of Neoliberalism and New Managerialism: Resistance, the Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring Vishanthie Sewpaul 17. Community Development: Towards an Integrated Emancipatory Framework Vishanthie Sewpaul and Anne Karin Larsen

About the Editors

Anne Karin Larsen is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Education, Bergen University College, Norway.

Vishanthie Sewpaul is Senior Professor in the School of Applied Human Sciences, University KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She is currently President of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa and a Vice-President on the Board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work.

Grete Oline Hole is Associate Professor at the Centre of Evidence Based Practice, Bergen University College, Norway.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography