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Social and Community Development

An Introduction

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Social and Community Development is an essential introduction to the subject for students, potential practitioners, and activists interested in community action and emancipatory social change.  It reflects on the...

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Social and Community Development is an essential introduction to the subject for students, potential practitioners, and activists interested in community action and emancipatory social change.  It reflects on the underlying principles of development: what development is, why it is promoted and the implications for practice, indicating potential strategies and goals.

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  • A multi-disciplinary approach
  • A broad international scope, presenting perspectives from both the Global North and South
  • Engaging use of metaphors, stories, and popular culture to express principal ideas
  • Different strategies for bottom-up or inside-out social change

1. Introduction
2. Beyond Society and Community
3. Development
4. Collective Action
5. Equality and Emancipation
6. Learning Together: What and Why


John Eversley’s Social and Community Development transcends the conventional scope of introductory books. This work is not merely a descriptive account on the history, evolution and guiding principles of a field of science; it is, in fact, an invitation for debate and emancipation in the theory and practice of social and community development. – Dr Hewa Haji Khedir, Center for Religion, Reconciliation and Peace, University of Winchester, UK
This is a timely and relevant new book that includes history, theory and practice in a way that, to use John’s words, offers ‘roots’ and ‘routes’ to navigate the complexities of contemporary social and community development. John has provided an honest and thorough introduction to the topic, uniquely demonstrating his grappling with inter-disciplinary knowledge. Indebted to the traditions of Freire and Dewey, John has stretched my thinking into new spaces. – Dr Peter Westoby, Associate Professor of Social Science and Community Development, School of Public Health & Social Work, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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John Eversley taught community development at London Metropolitan University for 12 years. He is an experienced community worker. He now lives and mainly works in Northern Ireland.

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John Eversley taught community development at London Metropolitan University for 12 years. He is an experienced community worker. He now lives and mainly works in Northern Ireland.

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