Drawing on the legacy of Paulo Freire and the insights of Antonio Gramsci, this book provides new ways of working with communities which put people at the heart of the development agenda. In addition, it offers a strong theoretical basis for action and an insight into the practical application of popular education methods and is based upon strong traditions of practice experience from both the developing and developed worlds.
The book is structured so that the theory and practice are integrated. Each chapter provides key discussion points, practice examples, learning activities and a summary of content and learning points.
Rod Purcell teaches social and cultural theory on community development courses at the University of Glasgow. Previously he worked as a neighbourhood community worker, practice teacher of social and community work, trainer and community development consultant. Other roles have included chair of the UK Federation for Community Development Learning. Dave Beck teaches community development and radical educational approaches at the University of Glasgow. He practiced as a community development worker in Nottingham and developed community based learning programmes both in the voluntary and Further Education sectors.
Section I- Theoretical background Why we need popular education: A critical review of current practice Social change The legacy of Paulo Freire Gramsci Youth and community work as transformational practice Global popular education Section II - Practice Overview of how groups work Developing generative themes for community action Using codes: Critical reflection for practice Participation Theatre of the oppressed Practice examples Section III - Resources Internet resources References