Community Practices in Australia presents 15 contemporary case studies covering a range of community practices to help students and community workers improve their skills and knowledge by reflecting on personal practice.
The book is organised into six sections, with case studies in each illustrating different ways in which communities and community groups within civil society engage with the state.
Each case study draws out the principles, strategies and skills used to build and maintain a sense of community, either as an end in itself ,or as a vehicle to achieve social, economic, political and cultural change.
The text commences with four theoretical chapters which give coherence to the choice of case studies, and a final chapter entitled 'lessons from Australian community practices'.
The book fills a gap in the market in that all previous collections of case studies are now out of print, following a decade of silence in government about community practice. The current revival of interest in building social capital and community capacity makes this a timely and useful book.
SECTION I: COMMUNITY PRACTICES: CONTEXT AND FRAMEWORKS
1. Sharing theory and practice Jane Dixon, Lesley Hoatson, Wendy Weeks
2. Globalisation and community practice Wendy Weeks
3. Community practice within the context of civil society-state relations Jane Dixon
4. The scope of Australian community practice Lesley Hoatson
SECTION II: BUILDING TRANSNATIONAL SOLIDARITY
5. Global actions to prevent child sexual exploitation: the ECPAT experience
6. Realising dreams: community development in Zambia Marjorie Quinn
SECTION III: COMMUNITIES DEVELOPING PARTNERSHIPS WITH GOVERNMENTS
7. Creating community pride: the Bridgewater-Gagebrook urban renewal program
Karen Gardner and Cris Fitzpatrick
8. Partnerships and mutuality in rural community development, Western Australia
9. Communities for everyone: redesigning contested public places in Victoria
SECTION IV: ENGAGING IN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT
10. A resident-led recovery: the re-enfranchising of a community in Victoria Gill Heal
11. Housing renewal in the Parks community, South Australia Frank Tesoriero
SECTION V: COMMUNITY ORGANISING
12. Australians for Reconciliation: Port Hedland, Western Australia
Bev Fabb in collaboration with Rose Murray, Sharon Todd and Michelle Mackenzie
13. Women’s organising and paid maternity leave Wendy Weeks
SECTION VI: CAMPAIGNING AGAINST THE STATE
14. How the West was won: abortion law reform in Western Australia Judith Straton and Billie Giles-Corti.
15. The FairWear campaign Annie Carroll in collaboration with Anne Delaney and
16. Campaigning for asylum seekers in Western Australia Lucy Fiske
SECTION VII: CREATING AND RESOURCING SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES AND NETWORKS
17. Infoxchange Australia: technology for social justice Andrew Mahar
18. Borderlands: developing a co-operative Jacques Boulet
19. Community capacity checklists: use cautiously amid complexity Cathy Banwell and Andrea Whittaker 127
SECTION VIII: REFLECTING ON AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY PRACTICES
20. Lessons from community practices in Australia Jane Dixon, Lesley Hoatson and