Revitalising Communities in a Globalising World explores the opportunities and constraints that the dynamics of globalisation present for human development in a range of different countries and situations. Arguing that globalisation is currently a system of organising social relations along neoliberal lines, this timely volume examines practical examples of how people respond to significant social changes in their communities. The idea of communities is deconstructed to show that globalisation has collapsed the boundaries of time, space and place in ways that have exacerbated inequalities, at the same time giving rise to unparalleled riches for some. The book encompasses a number of case studies that speak to policymakers, practitioners, educators and students interested in studying globalisation and making the most of its potential for change.
Contents: Part I Theories and Concepts for Practice: Revitalising communities: introduction, Lena Dominelli; Globalising communities: players and non-players, Lena Dominelli; Globalisation and imperialism: wars and humanitarian intervention, Ankie Hoogvelt; Discourses within and about social work, Irene Levin; The paradox of risk assessment, child safety and empowerment in child welfare, Marilyn Callahan and Karen Swift; The road less travelled: reconstruction, welfare and social development in South Africa, Mel Gray and Bill Mitchell; Social work, collective action and social movements: Rethematising the local-global nexus, Carolyn Noble. Part II Practice in Changing Communities: Feminist, anti-racist community development: critical alliance, local to global, Margaret Ledwith and Paula Asgill; Community participation: a critical appraisal of the role of 'community' in urban regeneration, Gary Pattison; Community development strategies in the UK, Keith Popple; Globalised microfinance: economic empowerment or just debt?, Ingrid Burkett; Community development in contemporary Croatia: globalisation, neoliberalism and NGOisation, Paul Stubbs; Learning through our children, healing for our children: best practice in First Nations communities, Jacquie Green and Robina Thomas; Against the odds: community-based interventions for children in difficult circumstances in post-apartheid South Africa, Vishanthie Sewpaul and Dorothee Hölscher; Communities of gatekeepers and communities of advocates: being disabled in Eastern Europe, Darja Zaviršek; Ethiopian migration: challenging traditional explanatory theories, Abye Tasse; Globalisation: implications for international development work, social work and the integration of immigrants in Sweden, Sven Hessle; Rethinking and unravelling the interlocking dynamics of Caribbean emigration and return, John Small; 'Home alone', Lincoln Williams; Globalisation and a flood of travellers: flooded travellers and social justice, Gurid Aga As