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Pragmatics of community organization / Bill Lee.

Lee, Bill, 1942- (Author).
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Location: Fennell RESERVES - In-library use only HM766 .L43 2011
Barcode: 30731101215238
Status: Available

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On Reserve by instructor(s): Shelley Rempel.
Location(s) - Loan Period(s) - and Course(s):
Fennell Reserves - 2 hour reserve - Comm change; HMNS 10095

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  • ISBN: 9780921159117
  • ISBN: 0921159110
  • Physical Description: xv, 305 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: 4th ed.
  • Publisher: Toronto : CommonAct Press, ©2011.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 278-295) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
An introduction to community organization -- Conceptualizing and situating community organizing practice -- Phases or community organization.
Restrictions on Access Note:
Fennell Reserves 2 hour reserve Comm change; HMNS 10095 Shelley Rempel.
Summary, etc.:
Recognizing that community practice takes place in a dynamic landscape, Lee provides a practical narrative of community work in his book, Pragmatics of Community Organization. He conceptualizes community as a dynamic network of interpersonal relations based on overlapping elements of geography, functions, attributes, and interests; all having specific boundaries and, to some extent, a definite consciousness. Lee sees community practice not only as planning or coordinating services to be more efficient, or correcting power imbalances in society; but, more so as a means of addressing the goals of empowerment and social justice. Lee's passion and enthusiasm are revealed through this work. Compared to the first three editions, the fourth addresses the threat of human environmental degradation, the world financial upheaval, the importance of the Internet, and how social media affects community practice. It highlights the political character of the community and social workers' role in it; and has sections on strategies and tactics of organizing, as well as diagrams to illustrate different concepts. It is also updated with a bibliography.
Subject: Community organization.
Social action.
Social work education.
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