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Young People, Community Development and Radical Democracy

You are invited to celebrate the book launch of ‘Young People, Community Development and Radical Democracy’ edited by Janet Batsleer, Harriet Rowley and Demet Lüküslü.

This inspiring collection successfully rediscovers 'community as a verb’ and cultivates ‘educated hope’ for radical democracy and its possibilities. A pleasure to read, and a powerful resource for scholars, activists and community developers alike.” Jacqueline Kennelly, Director of Centre for Urban Youth Research, Carleton University

Cihan Erdal, Coordinator of the Centre for Urban Youth Research, contributed to the book with his chapter titled "It's horrible to perceive solidarity as merely absorbing the sorrow of one side” and will present about his chapter during the event.

This will be a hybrid event held on the 11th November from 4-6pm.

Venue: Brooks Building, Lecture Theatre 1 (G87)

Event details:

The editors will explain the vision for the book and how the project came about. Chapter authors will each do a short presentation outlining their chapter, drawing on how their work relates to the present moment and intersecting crises facing young people, radical democracy and community development. We have invited Professor Saul Becker (Professor of Children and Families, Manchester Metropolitan University) and one of the Rethinking Community Development series editors, Mae Shaw (Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburgh) to join us and offer opening and concluding reflections.

There will then be an opportunity for Q&A and for those able to join us in person, a drinks reception. We will be joined by our European colleagues who are attending an Erasmus+ project meeting. We would especially like to welcome our community partners past and present.

About the book:

Young people are often at the forefront of democratic activism, whether self-organised or supported by youth workers and community development professionals. Focusing on youth activism for greater equality, liberty and mutual care – radical democracy – this timely collection explores the movement’s impacts on community organisations and workers. Essays from the Global North and Global South cover the Black Lives Matter movement, environmental activism and the struggles of refugees.

At a time of huge global challenges, youth participation is a dynamic lens through which all community development scholars and participants can rethink their approaches.

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