The Short Guide to Community Development

The Short Guide to Community Development

Paperback Policy Press - Short Guides

By (author) Alison Gilchrist, By (author) Marilyn Taylor

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  • Publisher: Policy Press
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 13mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 27 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1847426891
  • ISBN 13: 9781847426895
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Sales rank: 182,566

Product description

With the topic of community high on the public agenda, this timely guide provides an introduction to community development, its origins and some of the current trends and challenges. The book also explores how community development can be applied in different practice domains to achieve a range of policy objectives. Accessibly written, it will be essential for students studying a degree or taking a module in the area as well as those already involved in community development.

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Author information

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. 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.

Review quote

"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, Goldsmiths' "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, University of Durham "The Short Guide to Community Development is a valuable and concise contemporary account of community development." Community Development Journal

Table of contents

Introduction; What is community development?; The changing context of community development; Theoretical concepts; Effective and ethical community development - what's needed?; Applying community development in different service areas; Challenges for practice; Current and future trends.