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Social and Community Development Practice

by Manohar Pawar SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date:
08/2014
ISBN:
9788132118459
Format:
Hbk 316 pages
Price:
AU$124.00 NZ$127.83
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Social and Community Development Practice makes a persuasive case for employing a social development approach to community development practice at local and village levels. Towards this end, the book offers a conceptual clarity of social and community development (SCD) by adding new dimensions. It also shows the significance of social policy education for social and community development workers and the need for expanding community development practice from local levels to international levels.

The author argues that the social work profession itself needs to quickly reorganize and strengthen. It needs to consider alternative modes of preparing social workers and community organizers who can reach out at local levels. The profession also needs to develop indigenous ethical standards for SCD practice. The author’s deep reflections reveal the dire need to refocus on SCD practice to address major issues such as poverty and inequality plaguing vast populations around the world.

Readership
The book can be used as a reference/supplementary book as it partially covers courses like Social Policy and Social Development, Practicing Social Work Profession and Social Development and Community Development. So, the book should be pitched and sold to the libraries in universities in India, South Asia, Asia, Africa and beyond, which have department of social work, social development, sociology and community development.

List of Tables, Figures and Boxes
List of Abbreviations
Foreword David Cox
Preface
I: SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (SCD) PRACTICE
A Social Development Approach
Local-level Community Development
Values and Principles
Dynamics of Community Development Practice
II: EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL POLICY AND INTERNATIONAL SCD
Social Policy Education for SCD Workers
International SCD Curricula for Training Social Workers
III: DEVELOPING THE SOCIAL WORK PROFESSION FOR SCD PRACTICE
Adapting the Social Work Profession: Some Issues and Prospects
SCD Education through Distance Mode: An Unexplored Potential
Social Work's Code of Ethics and Ethics-based SCD Practice
IV: THE FUTURE OF SCD
Social Work and SCD Practice: Reflections and Foreflections
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Index

Professor Pawar has written an exceedingly useful book for students, practitioners and teachers of social work and social change in the Asia-Pacific region. Comprehensive as well as current in its coverage and analysis of significant concepts, values, issues, processes, principles and strategies of community and social development, this publication promises to fill a serious void in the professional literature in an increasingly important field.

Manohar Pawar, PhD, is professor of social work at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University (NSW, Australia) and is also the President of the Asia-Pacific branch of the International Consortium for Social Development. Earlier, he has taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, and La Trobe University, Melbourne. He has more than 30 years of experience in social work education, research and practice in Australia and India.

Professor Pawar has received a number of awards, including the ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship located at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi (1986–1988); the Citation Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (2008, from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council); and Quality of Life Award (2001, from the Association of Commonwealth Universities).

His current areas of interest include international social work, development and social policy practice, social consequences of cli¬mate change and water, social work education, virtues and social work practice, informal care and ageing, NGOs and community devel¬opment. He is the lead chief investigator of research funded by the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Project that focuses on virtues and social work practice.

His publications include Social Work Practice Methods: Reflections on Thinking, Doing and Being (2015); Water and Social Policy (2014); International Social Work: Issues, Strategies and Programs (2013); The SAGE Handbook of International Social Work (2012); Social Development: Critical Themes and Perspectives (2010); and Community Development in Asia and the Pacific (2010).