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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. Research and Perspectives on Development Practice, 3. ISSN 2009-6976

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    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: Article
    Keywords: Social Location; Practising; Ally; Community Development; Kimmage Development Studies Centre;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > International Development
    Item ID: 9969
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 16:32
    Journal or Publication Title: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice
    Publisher: Kimmage Development Studies Centre
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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