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Social and Community Development Practice

Social and Community Development Practice

First Edition
  • Manohar Pawar - Charles Sturt University, Australia, Professor of Social Work, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Australia

August 2014 | 316 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

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. 

List of Tables, Figures and Boxes
List of Abbreviations
Foreword David Cox
A Social Development Approach
Local-level Community Development
Values and Principles
Dynamics of Community Development Practice
Social Policy Education for SCD Workers
International SCD Curricula for Training Social Workers
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
Social Work and SCD Practice: Reflections and Foreflections

In this important book, Manohar Pawar makes a major contribution to understanding social and community development practice. He ranges widely over topics such as the tasks practitioners undertake, the skills and training they need and the ethics and values they should embrace. The book is an extremely valuable addition to the literature and is an essential reading for anyone working in the field today.

James Midgley
Harry and Riva Specht Professor of Public Social Services
University of California, Berkeley

The book brings to life the concept of social development with razor-sharp clarity and examines the potential for improving ‘well-being’ at various levels of human existence in communities. An indispensable resource for guiding the course of social work education in India and South Asia as well.

Vijayan K. Pillai, PhD
Professor of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
and Editor, Social Development Issues

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.

Shanti K. Khinduka, PhD
George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Dean Emeritus, George Warren Brown School of Social Work Washington University in St. Louis

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