Community Practice Skills: Local to Global Perspectives by Dorothy N Gamble

Community Practice Skills: Local to Global Perspectives

byDorothy N Gamble, Marie Weil

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2010

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Dorothy N. Gamble and Marie Weil differentiate among a range of intervention methods to provide a comprehensive and effective guide to working with communities. Presenting eight distinct models grounded in current practice and targeted toward specific goals, Gamble and Weil take an unusually inclusive step, combining their own extensive experience with numerous case and practice examples from talented practitioners in international and domestic settings.

The authors open with a discussion of the theories for community work and the values of social justice and human rights, concerns that 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 influencing community practice and evaluation strategies. Descriptions of eight practice models follow, incorporating real-life case examples from many parts of the world and demonstrating multiple applications for each model as well as the primary roles, competencies, and skills used by the practitioner. Complexities and variations encourage readers to determine, through comparative analysis, which model at which time best fits the goals of a community group or organization, given the context, culture, social, economic, and environmental issues and opportunities for change. An accompanying workbook stressing empowerment strategies and skills development is also available from Columbia University Press.

Dorothy N. Gamble is Clinical Associate Professor Emerita at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Social Work and has contributed to over twenty-five publications, among them The Handbook of Community Practice. She has extensive experience in both domestic and international community practice settings.Marie Weil is ...
Title:Community Practice Skills: Local to Global PerspectivesFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231520921

ISBN - 13:9780231520928

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Editorial Reviews

Gamble and Weil have a relevant and timely new book that includes the best of the social work community organizing tradition with a transformative application for the twenty-first century. The international as well as interdisciplinary perspective allows readers?whether practitioners, students, or leaders?to use models from the U.S. and other countries. The interrelationship between the processes of community practice and the value base of social justice, human rights, and social, economic, and environmental well-being makes this a valuable book for community practice workers.