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Community Practice Skills: Local to Global Perspectives

Community Practice Skills: Local to Global Perspectives

ISBN 9780231110037
Edition 1
Publication Date
Publisher Columbia University Press
Dorothy N. Gamble and Marie Weil differentiate among a range of intervention methods to provide a comprehensive and effective guide to working with communities. Introducing a framework of eight distinct models targeted toward specific goals, Gamble and Weil take an unusually inclusive step, combining their extensive experience as educators and practitioners with numerous practice examples from both domestic and international settings. Their technique expands the work of those who strengthen the capacities of community members and institutions across the globe, emphasizing the critical nature of context and culture in all community work, whether that community is local or part of an extended regional, national, or global group.The authors open with a discussion of the theories of community and the values of social justice and human rights, which have guided the work of activists from Jane Addams and Martin Luther King Jr. to Cesar Chavez, Wangari Maathai, and Vandana Shiva. They survey the concepts, knowledge, and perspectives that influence community practice and briefly address approaches to research. They then present each of their eight practice models, describing the scope of concern, process, theoretical underpinnings, and concepts, demonstrating multiple applications of each model as well as the primary roles, competencies, and skills used by the practitioner. With real life case examples presented with each model, complexities of practice and variations in settings encourage readers to determine, through comparative analysis, which model at which time best fits the goals of the community group or organization, especially given the context, background, and opportunities for change in which the worker is engaged. An accompanying workbook for class use will be sold separately

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