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A lecturer in applied social studies at IT Tralee has co-edited a major new book

May 24, 2012

A lecturer in applied social studies at IT Tralee has co-edited a major new book

Dr. Colm O’Doherty is the co-editor of Community Development: Theory, Policy and Practice, which has just been launched by Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive of Barnardos Ireland

The new textbook introduces the theories and practices of community development in Ireland, with particular reference to the effects of social and economic policies within this context. According to Dr. O’Doherty: “the book shows why community development is a valued activity in Ireland. It offers compelling evidence that treating people with respect through the development of trusting and principled relationships produces beneficial outcomes. One of the strengths of the book is that it shows how community development can be a collective force for a more just, equal and secure future. However it shows this by emphasising the diverse ways in which community development can make a positive contribution to the welfare and well-being of different people, living in different places and in different circumstances.

Dr Colm O’Doherty is a lecturer in IT Tralee, with many years’ experience as a social work practitioner in Ireland, England and Wales. He has written and published widely on topics such as family support and social capital, which are directly applicable to positive community development practice.

Co-editor, Dr Ashling Jackson is a senior lecturer in AIT, lecturing in the areas of community development, sociology and research methods. She has worked extensively with disadvantaged groups in community settings, most notably the Traveller community.

Community Development: Theory, Policy and Practice is published by Gill & Macmillan and is priced at €29.99.

Dr. Tom Farrelly, IT Tralee lecturer and one of
the chapter contributors
pictured with Dr. Colm O'Doherty

Dr. Tom Farrelly, IT Tralee lecturer with Dr. Colm O'Doherty