Lifting Our Gaze: The Community Appraisal and Strengthening Framework

7 March 2014

Lifting Our Gaze: The Community Appraisal and Strengthening Framework
Lifting Our Gaze: The Community Appraisal and Strengthening Framework

The Faculty of Education and Social Work is pleased to announce the new book, Lifting Our Gaze: The Community Appraisal and Strengthening Framework by Emeritus Professor Tony Vinson and Dr Margot Rawsthorne.

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.

This book calls for community practitioners to lift our gaze, to see beyond the busy-ness of everyday projects and activities to think about how our work in community fits together to support healthy, democratic and vibrant communities.

Tony Vinson is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.After gaining Arts and Social Work qualifications,Professor Vinson completed a doctorate at 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.

Dr Margot Rawsthorne is Senior Lecturer, Social Work & Policy Studies, in the Faculty of Education & Social Work. She qualifiedin sociology at Macquarie University before completing a PhD 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.

The book will be officially launched at a special event in March.

5.30 - 7pm
5.30 - 6pm: Drinks and canapes in the Common Room
6 - 7pm: Seminar in Lecture Theatre 424
Level 4
Education Building A35
University of Sydney 2006

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