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The Short Guide to Community Development

By Alison Gilchrist and Marilyn Taylor

Published

Mar 30, 2016

Page count

216 pages

Edition

2nd Edition

Series

Short Guides

ISBN

978-1447327837

Dimensions

198 x 129 mm

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 30, 2016

Page count

216 pages

Edition

2nd Edition

Series

Short Guides

ISBN

978-1447327844

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press

Published

Mar 30, 2016

Page count

216 pages

Edition

2nd Edition

Series

Short Guides

ISBN

978-1447327851

Dimensions

Imprint

Policy Press
The Short Guide to Community Development

The only up-to-date, accessibly written short guide to community development, this third edition offers an invaluable and authoritative introduction. Fully updated to reflect changes in policy, practice, economics and culture, it will equip readers with an understanding of the history and theory of community development, as well as practical guidance on how to do it.

This is a key text for all students and practitioners working with communities. It includes:

• a broad overview of core themes, concepts, basic practices and key issues in community development;

• an analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on community life and well-being, along with the implications for longer-term community support; 

• additional brand new content on the pressing issues of democratic decline, social fragmentation and isolation, social care pressures, technological developments and climate change.

"It's an extremely useful publication, which presents some refreshingly straightforward observations, whilst acknowledging the complexity of the politics and the practice. I will recommend it to students". Mae Shaw, Institute of Education, University of Edinburgh

"A great resource — so well written and informative." Sarah Banks, Professor of Community and Youth Work at Durham University

"The Short Guide to Community Development is a valuable and concise contemporary account of community development." Community Development Journal

"An extremely useful introductory text, which covers all of the essential building blocks for an up-to-date understanding of the practice of community development work in the United Kingdom" Dr Rosemary Moreland, University of Ulster

"Community development has undergone substantial changes in the past 5 years. This extensively revised edition of the Short Guide captures those changes succinctly and accessibly. Crucially, it poses a number of important challenges for the future of community development values, theory and practice. Essential reading." Angus McCabe, University of Birmingham

"Accessible and clear, whilst avoiding oversimplification, The Short Guide to Community Development provides an excellent basis for understanding both the appeal and the difficulty of contemporary community development." Mae Shaw, University of Edinburgh

“Essential reading for all students and practitioners of community development from two of the best thinkers in the field.” Jayne Humm, Local Trust

"Essential reading for practitioners as well as students concerned with community development. The inclusion of theoretical and ethical issues is particularly welcome, alongside the implications for practice." Marjorie Mayo, Professor of Community Development at Goldsmiths, University of London

"The history of UK community development is littered with the state's attempts to co-opt it to promote its own interests, however unfair and divisive. This excellent, elegant and easily digestible guide, written by two leading experts, cuts through the mystique to show precisely what community development should and should not be about." Gary Craig, Professor of Community Development and Social Justice at Durham University

"Since 2011 this accessible and compelling little book has been essential reading for all my introductions to community development. This updated version continues to map the key dimensions of community development, dealing eloquently with new challenges and opportunities." Susan Kenny, Deakin University

"This easy-to-read guide packs a punch. It takes a critical and systemic lens to community development and speaks to pressing issues with candour. Indispensable." Harsha Patel, Doing Social

Alison Gilchrist has worked for over three decades in community development: as an activist, practitioner, trainer, researcher and manager, including several years at the Community Development Foundation. She now works as an independent consultant.

Marilyn Taylor is Emeritus Professor at the University of the West of England and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research. She has extensive experience of research and practice in the community development field. 

Introduction;

What is community development?;

The changing policy context;

Theoretical concepts;

Effective and ethical community development;

Community development in action;

Challenges for practice;

Future prospects.