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Social Action and Self-Directed Groupwork

Social Action and Self-Directed Groupwork


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Authors give attention to the theory and practice of social action and self-directed groupwork. These papers present a range of perspectives and experiences to provide a vivid account of social action as a values‑based approach committed to social justice and empowerment. In addition, they contain a wealth of ideas and practices, a detailed resource which we hope will inspire and signpost, without shirking the dilemmas and challenges to be considered, understood, faced and addressed. The collection demonstrates the enduring value of social and self-directed groupwork. The approaches have probably never been more relevant than in today’s social conditions. Chapters were originally published between 1988 and 2013 in two journals: Groupwork, and Social Action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781861771421
Publisher: Whiting & Birch Ltd
Publication date: 11/01/2019
Pages: 452
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

Jennie Fleming is currently a Director of Practical Participation. She started her career as a youth worker, community worker and social worker in a range of voluntary and statutory settings. Until November 2013 she was Director of the Centre for Social Action and Reader in Participatory Research and Social Action at De Montfort University. From 2011- 2018 Jennie was Editor of Groupwork Journal and on the Board of the International Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.

Dave Ward is Professor of Social and Community Studies at De Montfort University, Leicester. His particular interests lie in groupwork and in work with offenders, particularly young people in trouble, about which he has researched and published extensively. In particular, he has focussed on the application, through groupwork, of the values and methods of transformative education (Paulo Freire) to practice, training, research, teamwork and management. In recognition of his contribution to groupwork, Dave has been made International Honoree by the international Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups.

Table of Contents

Section 1: The fundamentals

The legacy of Paulo Freire Les Price

Issues of empowerment: Anti-oppressive groupwork by disabled people inIreland Maire Ni Chorcora, Eddie Jennings and Nuala Lordan Cartoons by S. O’ Shaughnessy

Values as Context: Groupwork and social action Mark Harrison and Dave Ward

The roots and process of social action Jo Aubrey

Section 2: Parallel developments

Empowerment through mutual aid groups: A practice grounded conceptual framework Judith A.B. Lee

Toward a model of social groupwork practice with marginalised populations Margot Breton

Breaking the culture of silence: Groupwork and community development Jacky Drysdale and Rod Purcell

Section 3: Supporting practice, training, consultation and facilitation

Social action groupwork as negotiation: Contradictions in the process of empowerment Eamonn Keenan and John Pinkerton

Challenging familiar assumptions: Preparing for and initiating a self-directed group Audrey Mullender and David Ward

Facilitation in self-directed groupwork Dave Ward and Audrey Mullender

Facilitation and groupwork tasks in self-directed groupwork Jennie Fleming and Dave Ward

On empowerment, partnership, and authority in groupwork practice: A training contribution Michael Preston-Shoot

Brierley youth action project The role of consultancy in its development and progression Izzy Terry

The beginning stages of a social action training event Jennie Fleming

Section 4: Principles into practice: Practice

‘Nowt to do and always getting into trouble’ The Bulwell Neighbourhood Project: A social action response Bill Badham, Michael Bente and Pauline Hall

Doing something with our lives when we’re inside: Self-directed groupwork in a youth custody centre Bill Badham, Bob Blatchford, Steph Mcartney and Malcolm Nicholas

The Top End Action Group Neil Ballantyne

‘All I’ve got in my purse is mothballs!’: The social action women’s group Sandra Butler

MEN UNITED: Fathers’ voices Jennie Fleming and Zbyszek Luczynski

Involving school students in social action in America: The Youth Dreamers Group Cierra Cary, Chekana Reid, and Kristina Berdan

The role of groupwork in social action projects with youth Joan Arches

Section 5: Principles into practice: Research

Postscript. Social action research: A methodology for addressing ‘how it is’ Dave Ward

Black community members-as-researchers: Working with community groups in the research process Simon Dyson and Mark Harrison

Empowering research process: Using groups in research to empower the people Asnarulkhadi Abu-Samah

Postscript: Where do we go from here? Dave Ward