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    Social Location and Practising as an Ally in Community Development


    Daynes, Rosemary (2007) Social Location and Practising as an Ally in Community Development. Discussion Paper. Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Kimmage Manor, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12, Ireland.

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    Abstract

    This paper is a synopsis of my original thesis, whose central focus was an exploration of the self-relections of workers in Community Development on the relationship of social learning to their expressed values and behaviours. This relates particularly to practice as an Ally in Community Development in Ireland. The thesis emerged from my own personal learning and questioning about my place in society and how this location impacted on my practice. The theme was developed through an examination of literature theorising oppression, power, systems theory, psychology and critiques of Development. It was assumed that as values and norms from the dominant systems of society are internalised it is necessary to develop awareness of the source of our values and practices to understand and work with these internalisations. An emancipatory qualitative approach to research was taken, using 10 semi-structured interviews. It was found that social locational experiences had an impact on both the expressed practice and values of the participants. It was also ascertained that awareness of social location was an important factor in working as an Ally.

    Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
    Keywords: Social Location; Practising; Ally; Community Development;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > International Development
    Item ID: 9969
    Identification Number: 3
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 16:32
    Publisher: Kimmage Development Studies Centre
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