A new textbook introducing the theories and practices of community development, complimented by case-studies of Irish success stories, has been published.
In 250-pages ‘Community Development: Theory, Policy and Practice’ achieves a lot, for example it:
· Shows how community development tackles social disadvantage and is a powerful force for social change in Ireland.
· Looks critically at the relationship between policy and practice.
· Shows what’s necessary for effective and sustainable community development in our rapidly changing society.
· Offers solutions to current issues and challenges in Ireland.
· Showcases models of best practice in various community development settings.
It also highlights ideas that are currently shaping community development projects and programmes nationally.
The book was co-edited by Dr Ashling Jackson and Dr Colm O’Doherty with third-level students in mind but it should also be of interest to community workers and volunteers/activists in local communities.
It’s published by Gill & Macmillan and was launched recently by Fergus Finlay of Barnardos. There is only one sting in the tail – it’s priced at €29.99. Ask your local library to buy a copy.