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Community Development: A Critical Approach
Community Development: A Critical Approach
by Margaret Ledwith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A 150 page book in 200 pages, 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.


Adult Education and the Postmodern Challenge: Learning Beyond the Limits
Adult Education and the Postmodern Challenge: Learning Beyond the Limits
by Ian Bryant
Edition: Paperback
Price: £34.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 14 May 2014
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Really very, very good. Everypart is worth reading, cover to cover, and makes me a fan of the authors' other books.


Party Politics and Local Government
Party Politics and Local Government
by Colin Copus
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Best book on local politics so far., 24 Jun. 2013
It does waffle a bit but the material in unparalleled. This is a must read for anybody interested in the lived experiences of political forums, especially behind the closed doors of The Group and The Local Party. The characters are instantly recognisable and the worse they are the more enjoyable it is to read that the parallels are everywhere around us.


Social Research Philosophy Politics And Practice (Published in association with The Open University)
Social Research Philosophy Politics And Practice (Published in association with The Open University)
by Martyn Hammersley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £33.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A five-star reader., 24 Feb. 2013
As close to a perfect reader as I've so far come across. Jump to the chapter by Brian Fay for just an increibly hard boiled down explanation of critical social science. This is, or should be, a core text. Do look Brian Fay's books up: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brian-Fay/e/B000APQJN2/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1361709946&sr=8-1


An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times
An Unconventional Guide to Investing in Troubled Times
by Charles Hugh Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.27

3.0 out of 5 stars Some really good content but no editing., 1 Jan. 2013
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Actually a really good read but just seems to be 2nd draft and no more than parts put together that overlap in no coherent way. Also there is no referencing, no index and weirdly no page numbering on the contents page. Even so the actual core of the content, a rush through the obsured big risk of the investment/speculation market and an exploration of human, social and financial capital works really well. The author jokes that his income from writing this book will be minimum wage but a 3rd draft/2nd edition would be both well worth reading and well worth marketing too.


Class Analysis and Social Transformation (Sociology & Social Change)
Class Analysis and Social Transformation (Sociology & Social Change)
by Michael Savage
Edition: Paperback
Price: £28.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, really a very enjoyable read, 8 July 2012
A quick zip through classical and current class stratification theory. Its difficult to say what is the best section but Part 1 is a riot with pops at Giddens, Goldthorpe and numerous other social theorists coming quick and loose is easy to read twice. Part 2 soothes the bruises but is slightly an afterthought in comparison to Part 1 but is also an enjoyable and incredibly informative read.


Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (Dodo Press)
Eighteen Hundred and Eleven (Dodo Press)
by Anna Letitia Barbauld
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Bashed out rubbish., 10 May 2012
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Just another rip-off edition with no redeeming features other than the written content, which isn't even reset just photocopied from an original.


Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics and Power
Contemporary Political Sociology: Globalization, Politics and Power
by Kate Nash
Edition: Paperback
Price: £24.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts strong but ends weak., 10 May 2012
Big, well written chapters but then the last two chapters seem to be underdeveloped or included to make up numbers. Reading all of this but then feeling as if nothing was gained but the satisfaction of completion has been motivation enough for this very review.


Associative Democracy: New Forms of Economic and Social Governance (New Forms of Ecnoomic and Social Governance)
Associative Democracy: New Forms of Economic and Social Governance (New Forms of Ecnoomic and Social Governance)
by Paul Hirst
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The ideas make up for the writing style., 10 Dec. 2011
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This was treacle but then the influence this has had is phenomenal. From the Right to Provide to the Community Right to Challenge of the Localism Act 2011 this projection of the future is acting as a guidebook for left and right on public service reform. The one issue is the writing style that is at best tough going but then always with more great ideas being delivered with more frequency than most better written books making this a minor issue.


Using Political Ideas
Using Political Ideas
by Barbara Goodwin
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Blindingly well written, 10 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Using Political Ideas (Paperback)
Wow that was a good read. A very easy, and actually enjoyable to zip right through, textbook. The one issue is the title does promise handbook but then again a book this good can disregard small gripes.


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