Settlements, Social Change and Community Action: Good Neighbours

Settlements, Social Change and Community Action: Good Neighbours

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Edited by Ruth Gilchrist, Edited by Tony Jeffs, Contributions by Jonathan Glasby, Contributions by Christian Johnson, Contributions by John Matthews, Contributions by Michael Rose, Contributions by Crescy Cannan, Contributions by Sarah Banks, Contributions by Mina Carson, Contributions by Mark K. Smith

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  • Publisher: JESSICA KINGSLEY PUBLISHERS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 235mm x 16mm | 418g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853027642
  • ISBN 13: 9781853027642

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Reflecting the current emphasis in social care, social policy and welfare on the ideas of community and active citizenship, this book draws implications from the history of the settlement movement in Britain and the States which will inform and contextualise contemporary practice and policy. The contributors to this illuminating book develop the basic settlement concepts of strong communities and links across groups with different kinds of need, and apply them to current policy developments in community responsibility, the role of voluntary work and the future of social care. The issues explored through the history of the settlement movement are not only applicable to practice; they will also reinforce the identity of social care as a profession.

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Ruth Gilchrist is a development worker with Newcastle-upon-Tyne YMCA. She is currently involved in setting up a new settlement with the two universities and the YMCA. She is a member of the editorial board of Youth and Policy. She has been involved in researching rural youth provision and truancy and is employed as a part-time lecturer in community arts at the University of Durham. Tony Jeffs is a senior lecturer at the University of Durham community youth work unit. He previously taught social policy and sociology at the University of Northumbria. He was the founding editor of Youth and Policy and co-edited the Yearbook of Social Work and Social Welfare. He has written extensively on youth work, informal education and social work. He is the author of Young People and the Youth Service.

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After reading this fine collection of essays one concludes that within the context of their time, settlement work was on balance progressive, committed and enduring... Between these covers a valuable and still living history has been rescued and effectively passed on to us. -- Social Work Education Today's settlements are very different and their scope can be seen in the various chapters here which include discussion of their work in adult education, the arts, disabled children, legal and money advice, family centres and much more. By 1999, the Birmingham settlement, for example, had an annual budget of nearly 2.5 million with 120 staff and 250 volunteers contributing to 24 projects. In his chapter, Tony Jeffs shows that youth work has long been associated with the settlements; Jeffs explains that the youth work had three features. First, it aimed to give youngsters enjoyable recreation. Second, it did so within buildings which also served other age groups. Third, it was embedded within a movement "devoted to publicising the plight of the poor". -- Community Care A history of the settlement movement in Britain and the United States. -- Roof

Table of contents

Preface, Introduction, Ruth Gilchrist and Tony Jeffs. 1. The Secular Faith of the Social Settlements: 'If Christ Came to Chicago', Michael Rose, University of Manchester. 2. American Settlement Houses: The First Half Century, Mina Carson, Oregon State University. 3. Development of the English Settlement Movement, John Matthews and James Kimmis, British Association of Settlements (BASSAC). 4. Strength in Community: Historical Development of Settlements Internationally, Christian Johnson, Former Executive Director of International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres (IFS). 5. One Hundred Years of the Birmingham Settlement, Jon Glasby, University of Birmingham. 6. Raising the Past: Toynbee Today, Martin J Walker, Toynbee Hall. 7. Settlements and Adult Education, Mark K. Smith, YMCA George Williams College, London. 8. 'Something to Give and Much to Learn': Settlements and Youth Work, Tony Jeffs. 9. Settlements and the Arts Ruth Gilchrist 10. Family Centres: In the Settlement Tradition? Crescy Cannan and Chris Warren-Adamson, Centre for Social Policy and Social Work, University of Sussex 11. Social Entrepreneurs or Sleeping Giants? Settlements in Britain Today, Sarah Banks, Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Durham. References, Index