Participatory Practice: Community-based Action for Transformative Change

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Work of integrated praxis, situating theory within a participatory worldview and grounding practice in the important issues of our times - social justice and sustainability. Ledwith and Springett's ideas are founded on two premises. Firstly, transformative practice begins in the stories of people's everyday lives, and practical theory generated from these narratives is the best way to inform both policy and practice. This innovative approach bridges the divide between ideas and practice, and allows the development of the knowledge needed to bring about transformative social change. Secondly, participatory approaches to practice allow practitioners not only to critically examine the world, but also to reflect on the way in which they view the world in order to situate their local practice more relevantly within bigger social issues. Participatory practice is structured in an unfolding and engaging way. It is divided into two major sections: the first, 'A Participatory Paradigm', considers theory in relation to current times, and the second, 'Participatory Practice', develops skills related to this thinking. The book will be of interest to both academics and community-based practitioners.
 

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Contents

one Participatory practice
13
two Troubled times
35
three A participatory worldview
59
four Participatory practice in a nonparticipatory world
81
five The use of story
103
six The role of dialogue
127
seven Critical reflection
151
eight Transformative practice
171
nine Becoming whole
189
References
223
Index
243
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Margaret Ledwith, Youth and Community Development, School of Applied Social Science, University of Cumbria and Jane Springett, School of Applied Social and Community Studies, Liverpool John Moores University

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