Soul, community and social change : theorising a soul perspective on community practice

Westoby, Peter Soul, community and social change : theorising a soul perspective on community practice. Surrey, United Kingdom: Ashgate, 2016.

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Author Westoby, Peter
Title Soul, community and social change : theorising a soul perspective on community practice
Place of Publication Surrey, United Kingdom
Publisher Ashgate
Publication year 2016
Sub-type Research book (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
ISBN 9781472455666
9781472455673
9781472455680
Language eng
Total number of pages 214
Collection year 2017
Formatted Abstract/Summary
At a time when inequalities are growing globally, when the pace of socio-economic transitions is rapid, and when traditional ties of community are under threat of dissolving, 'soul' offers a new way of thinking imaginatively about how people might respond both individually and collectively in social change work. In exploring ideas such as soul, soulful, 'soul of the world' and soul-force, Peter Westoby invites readers to disrupt their taken-for-granted assumptions about community practice and to foreground ethics, quality, being and the aesthetic. Drawing on work of people such as James Hillman, Thomas Moore and 'Bifo' Beradi, he insists on the need to bring more depth into practice, eschewing contemporary trends of soulless analysis, measuring, and technique. Written in dialogue with eight practitioner-scholars from around the world, the book suggests a fresh terrain for community work and social change theorising. Illustrated by images of Australian cartoonist-prophet Michael Leunig, the book also promises to unlock new imaginative spaces for dreaming. A soul perspective will resonate with people searching for both a robust socio-political response to the world and an imaginative, poetic and mindful centring of self, 'other' and the planet to their practice.
Keyword Community development - research
Community practice
Soul and social theory
Embodied knowing
Q-Index Code A1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 25 Feb 2016, 21:07:07 EST by Dr Peter Westoby on behalf of School of Social Science