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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Policy Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847426468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847426468
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Government is, once again, attempting to hijack community development with its own top-down solutions to social division. A truly critical view of what community development is and is not is thus most welcome. Margaret Ledwith's revised book builds most impressively on its original." --Gary Craig, Professor of Community Development and Social Justice, University of Durham

"Margaret Ledwith presents a radical vision of community development in which the analyses of power that lead to domination and discrimination, present in every community, provide the basis of transforming practice. The revolutionary pedagogy of Paulo Freire and Gramsci's concept of hegemony work together with feminism and anti-racism to unite theory and practice in ways which develop critical thinking as the basis of empowering communities." --Javier Segura del Pozo, Public Health Medical Practitioner, Madrid.

"Margaret Ledwith's new edition of Community Development reminds us of the importance of maintaining a critical reflexive perspective when undertaking action in a community….Ledwith's model for practice offers hope and optimism in dealing with the challenges that a neo-liberal society poses for marginalised and disenfranchised people." --Lena Dominelli, University of Durham

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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. For many years, she was a grassroots community worker, and it was this experience of working with marginalised communities that forged the foundation of a lifetime commitment to social justice. She has written three books: Participating in Transformation: Towards a working model of community empowerment (1997), Community Development: A critical approach (2005), for which Policy Press have recently awarded her 'bestselling title of all time' and a 'lifetime achievement', and, with Jane Springett, Participatory Practice: Community-based action for transformative change (2009).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mildred Thristlepoop on 30 April 2012
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This excellent book needs about half an hour of effort, but once in the swing of the writing style the wealth of information is great. Persevere, it is worth it.
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By Ms. Angela Woods on 14 Mar. 2013
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Great book that gives detailed information on community development in theory and in practice. I bought it along with other titles and have found it to be an invaluable resource for teaching others on the topic.
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This was a present for my daughter who is studying Community and Youth Affairs. She was absolutely delighted with it and found it very useful.
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Totally satisfied with this book and the seller. I would definitely recommend this to a friend. Great resource and fact filled.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Keenan on 9 Jun. 2014
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Okay, its good but not that good and it introduces the education and planning themes of community development but as a critical approach it doesn't get around to criticising either. If the Freirean generalisation of education being political is true then this is an issue that undermines the title of the book. The repeated disregard for the post-modern challenge places this book in a very limited frame that stops short of an actual critical approach. It also stops short of any exploration of community development's strategic purpose, the developed community as a political goal. The last four chapters are almost completely different from the rest of the book and only offer a vague development of the themes of the first chapters. The radical politics covered have been so depoliticised that a feminist-anti-racist curriculum is, with outliers accepted, is no longer the basis of achieving a developed community. What are the skills needed by women and the BAME community? What is the new Frierian literacy programme? Popular social, commercial and political direct action is radical, participatory democracy is not. This book is worth a look but is erroneous in practice and also weak in execution.
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