Community development’s social justice principles are under threat from the current resurgence of far-Right politics. The dangerous escalation of economic inequalities calls for new ideas on power and new approaches to practice. Rooted in radical community development’s strong theoretical foundation in Freire and Gramsci, the body of knowledge is expanded to make sense of these challenging times, introducing exciting new ideas for those working in this field.
Written in an engaging style, linking theory to action using cartoons, international case studies and key concept summaries, the fully updated third edition of this bestselling book offers an inspiring approach to practice for all those committed to social and environmental justice.
'Neoliberalism desperately needs challenging and this important book provides an incisive and compelling account of how it can be done. Essential reading for all those interested in this vital area of theory and practice.' Dr Steve Rogowski, renowned social worker whose practice in the UK spans five decades.
Margaret Ledwith lives in Lancaster where she is Emeritus Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at the University of Cumbria. She is also a coordinator of the international Collaborative Action Research Network.
The story of a community;
Doing community development;
Organising in the community;
Collective action for change;
Gramsci: the power of ideas;
Freire: the power of praxis;
Revisiting class, race and gender;
Reclaiming the radical agenda.