Concept 2021-08-16T09:56:23+01:00 Gary Fraser Open Journal Systems <p>The Journal of Contemporary Community Education Practice Theory. Concept offers a lively independent forum for critical debate and exchange of ideas in contemporary Community Education. Community Education is seen in the broadest sense to include community work, adult education and youth work and takes place in a range of settings and agencies. We see the concept of community education as dynamic and diverse and do not seek to reflect a fixed view.</p> Towards a Theory of Geekery 2021-08-16T09:56:22+01:00 Alistair McIver <p id="E355" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-6"><span id="E356">Introduction</span></p> <p id="E357" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-6"><span id="E359">Geekery</span><span id="E361">, the quality of being a geek, or of </span><span id="E363">geeking</span><span id="E365">, is much misunderstood. It is widely seen as a social dysfunction, where a person has developed an unhealthy obsession with a non-mainstream topic (though it is the non-</span><span id="E367">mainstreamness</span><span id="E369"> of the topic, rather than the depth of obsession, which creates the perception that it is unhealthy). Much has been written about the psychological implications of engaging in such </span><span id="E371">behaviours</span><span id="E373">:</span></p> 2021-08-11T21:47:13+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Scran Academy 2021-08-16T09:56:22+01:00 Jennifer Airlie <p id="E602" class="qowt-stl-x-scope x-scope qowt-word-para-5"><span id="E603">Introduction </span></p> <p id="E604" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-6"><span id="E605">This report outlines the effects of COVID-19 on the youth work and young people of Scran Academy. This report provides an insight into how our provision shifted to ensure we maintained safe spaces and positive adult contact for young people during the lockdown period. </span></p> 2021-08-11T00:00:00+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Guid Fer A Laugh: A seriously fun look at Scottish comedy for those that take fun seriously 2021-08-16T09:56:22+01:00 Derek Suttie Lydia Markham <p>Guid Fer A Laugh has always sought to place itself as part of what Mikhail Bakhtin calls 'the open-ended dialogue that enters into the dialogic fabric of human life' (Morson &amp; Emerson, 1990).&nbsp; It places a central value on the contributions of the participants and the active discourse that they create.&nbsp; As Buber (1965) states '[it is only] when we meet in the narrow ridge of the between' that we discover for ourselves new discourse, new knowledge and truth.&nbsp; This ‘meeting in dialogue’, especially applies to laughter.</p> 2021-08-15T10:37:03+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Popular Education, Health Inequalities and Resistance to Stigma 2021-08-16T09:56:23+01:00 Jane Jones <p id="E801" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-1"><span id="E802">Introduction</span></p> <p id="E803" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-0"><span id="E804">A</span><span id="E805"> special issue of </span><span id="E806">Concept </span><span id="E807">in December 2018 celebrated the 50</span><span id="E808">th</span><span id="E809"> anniversary of the publication of Paulo Freire’s </span><span id="E810" class="qowt-stl-Emphasis">Pedagogy of the Oppressed</span><span id="E811" class="qowt-stl-Emphasis">,</span><span id="E812"> and many contributors reflected upon the way his work </span><span id="E813">retains</span><span id="E814"> relevance. This article echoes those sentiments by describing how his work continues to offer inspiration and hope for radical community development, particularly in today’s world which has seen marginalised populations </span><span id="E815">'</span><span id="E816">pulverised beyond the ambit of established instruments of collective voice</span><span id="E817">'</span><span id="E818"> (</span><span id="E820">Wacquant</span><span id="E822">,</span><span id="E823"> 2008)</span><span id="E824">.</span></p> 2021-08-15T10:56:10+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Linsey, McGoey, (2019) The Unknowers: How Strategic Ignorance Rules the World 2021-08-16T09:56:22+01:00 Mae Shaw <p id="E431" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-5"><span id="E432" class="qowt-font10-Times">I met </span><span id="E434" class="qowt-font10-Times">Linsey</span><span id="E436" class="qowt-font10-Times"> </span><span id="E438" class="qowt-font10-Times">McGoey</span><span id="E440" class="qowt-font10-Times"> in Dublin in the spring of 2019, where she was presenting a very informed</span><span id="E441" class="qowt-font10-Times"> and compelling</span><span id="E442" class="qowt-font10-Times"> account of the way in which philanthropy benefits the super-rich, with a particular lens on the Gates Foundation. Her interest then, as in this book, was the way in which the optics of familiar 'truths' are in fact </span><span id="E443" class="qowt-font10-Times">deliberately</span><span id="E444" class="qowt-font10-Times"> distorted to suggest the opposite of what is </span><span id="E445" class="qowt-font10-Times">actually</span><span id="E446" class="qowt-font10-Times"> </span><span id="E447" class="qowt-font10-Times">the truth. </span><span id="E448" class="qowt-font10-Times">For example</span><span id="E449" class="qowt-font10-Times">, it is not</span><span id="E450" class="qowt-font10-Times"> just</span><span id="E451" class="qowt-font10-Times"> a happy accident for the super-rich that most people don't see through the official narrative of 'philanthropy', but a predictable outcome of the way in which knowledge is </span><span id="E452" class="qowt-font10-Times">managed</span><span id="E453" class="qowt-font10-Times"> to hide the real truth. This concern with what she calls 'strategic ignorance' is developed more fully in this book. </span><span id="E454" class="qowt-font10-Times"> </span><span id="E455" class="qowt-font10-Times">The </span><span id="E457" class="qowt-font10-Times">Unknowers</span><span id="E459" class="qowt-font10-Times"> is a stimulating and provocative read which offers challenging insights for work with communities. </span></p> 2021-08-15T11:25:01+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## David, Frayne (9 April 2019) The Work Cure: Critical essays on work and wellness 2021-08-16T09:56:22+01:00 Anne O'Donnell <p id="E412" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-1"><span id="E413">Community and youth workers find themselves working in precarious situations - sessional work, short-term contracts, threats to the services they provide - and at the same time, the people they work with are also in precarious jobs and/or dealing with benefit conditionality in particular those claiming Universal Credit. </span></p> <p id="E415" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-1"><span id="E416">I am writing this review in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, when these existing problems with employment/unemployment cannot be shied away from anymore and when increasing numbers of people are dependent on Universal Credit as well as food banks. There is growing recognition of the important role of not just highly skilled NHS workers but also of cleaners, warehouse workers, drivers, shop workers and social care workers. These are jobs which have long been prone to zero hours contracts, with low rates of both pay and union membership.</span></p> 2021-08-15T11:48:18+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sue Kenny, Jim Ife and Peter Westoby (2021) Populism, Democracy and Community Development 2021-08-16T09:56:23+01:00 Rod Purcell <p id="E277" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-3"><span id="E278">Abstract</span></p> <p id="E279" class="x-scope qowt-word-para-4"><span id="E280">The book explores the relationship between the current growth in populism, the crisis within liberal democracy, and the implications of this for communities and the practice of community development. After an introductory overview the book is comprised of 14 individually authored chapters. The chapters are presented in 2 parts: Part 1 offers a framing of the macro issues; Part 2 explores populism and community development in different contexts.</span></p> 2021-08-15T12:01:34+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##