Lifting Our Gaze: The Community Appraisal and Strengthening Framework

By Tony Vinson and Margot Rawsthorne.

Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing

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Book: Electronic $US15.00
Book: Print $US40.00

For decades, community projects have been well served by a methodology that emphasises the value of community participation and ‘home-grown’ solutions to local problems. Less attention has been paid to how the coverage and sequencing of individual initiatives can be most effectively blended in the interests of overall community strengthening. Theoretical and practice insights bearing on the achievement of this latter objective are the focal concerns of the present book.

Book: Electronic (PDF File; 6.828MB). Book: Print (Paperback). Published by Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, a book imprint by Common Ground Publishing.

Prof. Tony Vinson

Honorary Professor, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW, Australia

Professor Tony Vinson's initial qualifications were in arts and social work and he subsequently obtained a doctorate from the University of New South Wales. His professional career has alternated between academic appointments and government and community positions. In 2008, he was admitted to membership of the Order of Australia and made a member of the Australian Social Inclusion Board. Tony’s recent publications include a book on the rural city of Goulburn in the 19th Century called Tenant in the Cathedral, and co-authorship of a research paper “The Social Dimensions of Happiness and Life Satisfaction of Australians” (International Journal of Social Welfare). He is currently completing a book on political discourse in mid-19th century Australia.

Margot Rawsthorne

Senior Lecturer, Social Work & Policy Studies, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW, Australia

Dr. Rawsthorne’s initial qualification was in sociology at Macquarie University before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Sydney. Margot has worked for state government, local government, and the non-government sector. She spent over a decade working in southwestern Sydney, an area of both considerable disadvantage and community dynamism. She has published extensively for both the human services sector and academia. In 2007, she collaborated with Tony on the landmark study of the geographic distribution of disadvantage in Australia. In 2011, Common Ground published Working with Communities: Critical Perspectives by Margot and her colleague Amanda Howard. Margot is a senior lecturer in social work & policy studies at the University of Sydney.

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