In this unique global collection, Gary Craig and his contributors blend theory and practice-based case studies to review how different community development approaches can empower minority ethnic communities to confront racism and overcome social, economic and political disadvantage.
The book explores key questions about the empowerment and capacity-building of minority ethnic groups. Using case studies from across the ‘developed’ world, and in differing social and economic contexts, contributors explore these issues in working with asylum-seeker communities, addressing tensions between minorities and building alliances, in work with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities, and using arts-based approaches.
The book will stimulate wider debates about the role of community development in relation to ‘race’ and ethnicity at a time when ‘race’ is being ‘invisibilised’ in public policy, and will be an invaluable resource for policy-makers, politicians, academics, and students from many disciplines.
"Community organising against racism fills a major gap in the literature on community development – an essential sourcebook for academics, students, practitioners and policy makers alike." Marjorie Mayo, Emeritus Professor of Community Development, Goldsmiths, University of London
Gary Craig has had a lifetime interest in community development as activist, researcher, teacher and in driving policy and practice in a social justice context. He has written widely on the subject, in books, articles and in magazines, was Editor of the Community Development Journal for many years and President of the International Association for Community Development. This book brings together that interest with his concern about the growth of racism worldwide.
Part I: theories and concepts;
Introduction: conceptualisation and historical framework: ethnicity and migration ~ Gary Craig;
Community development and political participation by minorities ~ Asifa Afridi;
Do minority groups need development? An Illichian approach ~ Brian Belton;
Race based hate crime and Islamaphobia ~ Dr. Rick Bowler;
Part II: Case studies;
Capacity building with minority ethnic groups ~ Phil Ware;
Learning Alliance approaches to working with minority communities on health care innovation ~ David Smith;
Community development with Chinese mental health service users ~ Lynn Tang;
Youth participation amongst ethnic minorities ~ Louisa Cocris;
The role of mediators in activating communities ~ Colin Clark;
Cultural identity and community development with Roma communities: an asset-based approach ~ Stuart Hashagen;
Gender discrimination and community development with Gypsy, Roma and Travellers ~ Holly Notcutt;
Addressing the effects of racism through community development ~ Tina Lathouras;
An arts-based approach to intercultural work ~ Ranjit Sondhi;
Working with multiple minority groups in Toronto ~ Morris Beckford;
Community development, biculturalism and multiculturalism ~ Angela Summersgill;
Working in a multicultural context in the US ~ Lorraine Gutierrez;
Building strengths in asylum seeker communities ~ Linda Briskman and Lis de Vries;
Participatory action research with migrant and asylum seeking women ~ Margaret Greenfields and Natalia Paszkiewicz;
Re-negotiating identity between migrant workers ~ Rob Gregory;
Working with female migrant workers in Hong Kong ~ SL Hung and KK Fung;
Conclusion ~ Gary Craig.