1st Edition

Participation in Community Work International Perspectives

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    280 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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

    Grete Oline Hole is 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.