Communities for Social Change: Practicing Equality and Social Justice in Youth and Community Contexts

Annette Coburn, Sinead Gormally

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Communities for Social Change: Practicing Equality and Social Justice in Youth and Community Work examines core ideas of social justice and equality that underpin community and youth work. It informs understanding of a range of community concepts and practices that are used to identify practical skills and characteristics that can help to promote equality by challenging injustice. Working with people in different types of community can bring the kind of social change that makes a real and lasting difference. Although justice is a contested notion, Annette Coburn and Sinéad Gormally assert that it is closely interlinked with human rights and equality. A critical examination of contemporary literature draws on educational, sociological, and psychological perspectives, to set community practices within a context for learning that is conversational, critical and informal. Social justice is about identifying and seeking to address structural disadvantage, discrimination, and inequality. The authors assert that by refocusing on process, participation, and collective rights, it is possible to create and sustain social justice. Transformative research paradigms help to produce findings that inspire and underpin political social action, and an analysis of practice-based examples supports the promotion of increased critical consciousness. This makes Communities for Social Change a must-read for anyone studying or teaching community youth work or who is working in communities or with individuals who experience oppression or inequality. If you are committed to teaching and learning about theory and practice that promotes social change for equality and social justice, you will not be disappointed!

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPeter Lang
Number of pages178
ISBN (Print)9781433144417
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameCounterpoints: Studies in Criticality
PublisherPeter Lang


  • Community
  • Equality
  • social justice
  • Social Change
  • youth and community work

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    Cohesion, commonality and creativity: youth work across borders

    Coburn, A. & Gormally, S., 5 Dec 2017, Europe in Transition: Diversity, Identity and Youth Work. Dzigurski, S. (ed.). SALTO Cultural Diversity Resource Centre, p. 46 - 51 6 p. (Europe in Transition: Diversity, Identity and Youth Work).

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