This new edition of an important community work text will be welcomed by both teachers and students of community work. The book is substantially updated, within the context of contemporary Britain, and retains many of the positive features of the first edition some twenty years ago. It is a clear, well-presented text, accessible to student readers, which nevertheless resist the temptation of over-simplification of what is inevitably a complex and contested field.
The first point to be made is that this is a British treatment of community work. It is strongly located in the British context, and is aimed at students and practitioners in the United Kingdom. There is some relevance for readers from outside Britain, especially in the theoretical chapters, but non-British readers will need to provide their own context.