Down Under

In-Depth Community Work

By Dave Andrews

Down Under

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  • ISBN: 9781625643049
  • Pages: 156
  • Publication Date: 8/9/2013
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00
Web Price: $16.00

Down Under

In-Depth Community Work

By Dave Andrews

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781625643049
  • Pages: 156
  • Publication Date: 8/9/2013
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00

About-

Down Under has been written in response to the questions that Dave Andrews, the world renowned
Australian community worker, has been asked again and again by community workers all over the world. And the answers that he shares with us in this book have been forged and tested in the fire of his own personal, vocational and professional experience as a grass roots community worker. Down Under addresses the adverse effects of professionalisation and institutionalisation in community work and seeks to explore effective ways of resisting demands for compliance, holding the line and creating space for change. Down Under concludes with the wonderful example of Dave's partner Ange's in-depth, hands-on, face-to-face community work with refugees.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"'Community is the deep soul of society; providing identity, well-being and cohesion to all relationships - yet across the world we see it unraveling before our eyes. In this truly empowering book Dave Andrews grasps the issues. Skillfully explaining the reasons and
consequences of its demise, insightfully pointing us to very practical ways in which its fabric can begin to be rewoven. Many volunteers are active in community work, yet increasingly 'professionalisation' and 'bureaucracy' claim the recognition and resources, while failing to meet people's real needs. Dave exposes all this, but more importantly offers strategies for change and alternatives for action that are actually being exampled 'Down Under'. This book is engaging and readable, inspiring and practical; here is wisdom from years of experience. It is filled with challenging and moving stories. At times it will make you angry, more importantly it will fill you with hope."
--Noel Moules, Author, Fingerprints of Fire, Footprints of Peace.

"'In Down Under Andrews gathers some great ideas and weaves them together with his own experiments in re-weaving the threads of community. Andrews understands the dynamics of power, personal, relational and systemic, and gives practical wisdom on working in and around the politics of community organising. Whoever you are, this book matters to you, because it helps you see community life as a part of who and what we are. Whenever I read books by Dave Andrews what challenges me most is how do-able his ideas are. I can't escape the fact I am response-able to the radical messages he brings."
--Keith Hebden, Editor, A Pinch Of Salt.

Contributors-

Dave Andrews

Bio(s)-

Dave Andrews, his wife Ange, and their family, have lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalized groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India for forty years. Dave is interested in radical spirituality, incarnational community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation. He is author of many books, including Not Religion, But Love, A Divine Society, People Of Compassion, Compassionate Community Work, the Plan Be series, Bismillah and Isa. Dave and Ange and their friends started Aashiana, Sahara, and Sharan, faith-based community organizations working with slum dwellers, sex workers, drug addicts, and people with HIV/AIDS in India; and they are now part of the Waiters Union, an inner city Christian community network that is working alongside people of other faiths with Aborigines, refugees and people with disabilities in Brisbane, Australia. Dave is a founder of the Waiters Union; an educator for TEAR Australia; an international aid agency; a trainer for Praxis Community Co-operative; a teacher at Christian Heritage College; an elder emeritus for Servants To Asia's Urban Poor; and a member of AMARAH--Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of All Humanity.

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