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Communities for Social Change

Practicing Equality and Social Justice in Youth and Community Work

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Annette Coburn and Sinéad Gormally

Communities for Social Change: Practicing Equality and Social Justice in Youth and Community Work examines core ideas of social justice and equality that underpin community and youth work. It informs understanding of a range of community concepts and practices that are used to identify practical skills and characteristics that can help to promote equality by challenging injustice. Working with people in different types of community can bring the kind of social change that makes a real and lasting difference. Although justice is a contested notion, Annette Coburn and Sinéad Gormally assert that it is closely interlinked with human rights and equality. A critical examination of contemporary literature draws on educational, sociological, and psychological perspectives, to set community practices within a context for learning that is conversational, critical and informal. Social justice is about identifying and seeking to address structural disadvantage, discrimination, and inequality. The authors assert that by refocusing on process, participation, and collective rights, it is possible to create and sustain social justice. Transformative research paradigms help to produce findings that inspire and underpin political social action, and an analysis of practice-based examples supports the promotion of increased critical consciousness. This makes Communities for Social Change a must-read for anyone studying or teaching community youth work or who is working in communities or with individuals who experience oppression or inequality. If you are committed to teaching and learning about theory and practice that promotes social change for equality and social justice, you will not be disappointed!

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Communities for Social Change

“Annette Coburn and Sinéad Gormally have produced a closely argued and well-illustrated text that shows a sound understanding of relevant theory and a sensitive appreciation of the situations of young people, communities and those who work with them. I recommend Communities for Social Change as a key text for policy makers, practitioners and those who research community and youth development.”

—Ian Finlay, University of Oxford

“This book is very timely. It offers a critique of youth and community work informed by neo-liberal values and articulates an alternative vision based upon social justice. The contextual discussion relates mostly to the United Kingdom, but many ideas are transferable and hopefully this will prompt local adaptation in other contexts.”

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