9781138838215-1138838217-Theory and Practice of Dialogical Community Development: International Perspectives

Theory and Practice of Dialogical Community Development: International Perspectives

ISBN-13: 9781138838215
ISBN-10: 1138838217
Edition: 1
Author: Westoby, Peter, Dowling, Gerard
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Paperback 192 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781138838215
ISBN-10: 1138838217
Edition: 1
Author: Westoby, Peter, Dowling, Gerard
Publication date: 2014
Publisher: Routledge
Format: Paperback 192 pages

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Acknowledged authors Westoby, Peter, Dowling, Gerard wrote Theory and Practice of Dialogical Community Development: International Perspectives comprising 192 pages back in 2014. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1138838217 and 9781138838215. Since then Theory and Practice of Dialogical Community Development: International Perspectives textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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This book proposes that community development has been increasingly influenced and co-opted by a modernist, soulless, rational philosophy - reducing it to a shallow technique for ‘solving community problems’. In contrast, this dialogical approach re-maps the ground of community development practice within a frame of ideas such as dialogue, hospitality and depth. For the first time community development practitioners are provided with an accessible understanding of dialogue and its relevance to their practice, exploring the contributions of internationally significant thinkers such as P. Freire, M. Buber, D. Bohm and H.G Gadamer, J. Derrida, G. Esteva and R. Sennett. What makes the book distinctive is that: first, it identifies a dialogical tradition of community development and considers how such a tradition shapes practice within contemporary contexts and concerns – economic, social, political, cultural and ecological. Second, the book contrasts such an approach with technical and instrumental approaches to development that fail to take complex systems seriously. Third, the approach links theory to practice through a combination of storytelling and theory-reflection – ensuring that readers are drawn into a practice-theory that they feel increasingly confident has been 'tried and tested' in the world over the past 25 years.

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