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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 critically engages with its theoretical and conceptual underpinnings before drawing on international examples and perspectives. Including real-life case studies of participatory practice, this book will challenge and inspire all those involved in community work practice and research.

Divided into four parts, it 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 a chapter 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

Part 1: Participation and the Co-Construction of Knowledge 1. Participation in Community Work: International Perspectives Anne Karin Larsen, Vishanthie Sewpaul and Grete Oline Hole 2. The Co-Construction of Community Knowledge in an "A-modern" World Andrés Arias Astray 3. Co-Construction of Knowledge: the Search for Common Elements in the Concept Grete Oline Hole and Janet Harris 4. The Ethics of Participation in Community Work Practice Richard Hugman and Linda Bartolomei 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 the Facilitation of a Community Garden Project Tanusha Raniga 7. Partnership and Participation: Art in Community Work Rina Visser and Eduardo Marques 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 10. Community Work within Welfare State Institutions Gunn Strand Hutchinson 11. Community Work as part of Neighborhood Renewal: A Case Study Kjell Henriksbø and Anne Line Grimen 12. Children’s Participation in Democracy Building: An Example Klas-Göran Olsson Part 4: Addressing New Global Challenges 13. Community Development around Climate Change Issues: Challenges and Opportunities Lena Dominelli

About the Editors

Anne Karin Larsen is Associate Professor in Social Work Education at Bergen University College, Norway.

Grete Oline Holeis Associate Professor in the Centre for Evidence Based Practice at Bergen University College, Norway.

Vishanthie Sewpaul is Senior Professor of Social Work at University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography