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Community Development in Ireland

A new textbook introducing the theories and practices of community development in Ireland, with particular reference to the effects of social and economic policies within this context.

  • This practical exploration of community development in Ireland ensures the reader will:
    • understand community and social change in Ireland;
    • recognise and value community development as a powerful force for social change in Ireland;
    • critically appraise the policy environment influencing community development and the interrelationship between policy and practice;
    • utilise the knowledge and skills necessary for effective and sustainable community development;
    • determine current issues and challenges in this area and offer effective solutions to address these issues and challenges.
  • Reflects the current theoretical conceptualisations, the latest policy implications, models of best practice and frameworks that are currently shaping community development projects and programmes in Ireland.

  • Includes case studies that showcase examples of positive community development and bring a practical and insightful dimension to this text.

  • Contains contributions from leading academics, practitioners and community groups in Ireland.

Written For:

Undergraduate and postgraduate students of:

  • Youth and Community Studies
  • Community Developmentand Education
  • Community and Family Studies
  • Rural Development
  • Social Work
  • Social Studies
  • Social Science
  • Applied Social Care
  • Social Care Practice
Out of print



Publication Date

March 2012




Paperback, 256 pages

Country of Origin



Gill Education


234 x 156 mm


Edited by Ashling Jackson Edited by Colm O'Doherty

Availability Status

Out of print

Dr Ashling Jackson is a senior lecturer in Athlone Institute of Technology, lecturing in the areas of community development, sociology and research methods.

Dr Colm O’Doherty is a lecturer in the Institute of Technology Tralee, with many years’ experience as a social work practitioner in Ireland, England and Wales.

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