During the early Autumn of 2013, I wrote a series of eight posts about power, empowerment and power analysis for community organisers. I have brought them together here so that readers can see them as the intended series and read them in order. Below I have also collated the resources I mentioned in the posts. If you are aware of missing or new quality resources on power and empowerment, I’d love to hear from you.
Resources on Power and Empowerment
Lisa VeneKlasen with Valerie Miller (2008) A New Weave of Power, People and Politics: The Action Guide for Advocacy and Citizen Participation Practical Action Publishing http://www.justassociates.org/ActionGuide.htm
Jennifer Chapman and Antonella Mancini (2005) Critical Webs of Power and Change:Resource Pack for Planning, Reflection and Learning in People-Centred Advocacy ActionAid This spiral bound volume comes with a CD resource pack considering how to develop an approach to collective action that is both people-centred and that takes power seriously. It is packed with great reflections on experience and practical ideas.
The Power Cube http://www.powercube.net/from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. This website brings together thinking and research into power over three decades at IDS into a simple but powerful summary. The resources to make use of the concepts and approach in participative ways are diverse, rich and practical.
Neil Thompson (2007) Power and empowerment Russell House Publishing – a short but valuable introduction to the theme aimed at UK social workers and others in community-focused work.
Just Associates (2006) Making Change Happen: Power, Concepts for Revisioning Power for Justice, Equality and Peace, Making Change Happen No.3, Washington: Just Associates Available as a pdf here
Raji Hunjan and Jethro Pettit (2010) Power: A Practical Guide for Facilitating Social Change Carnegie / JRF Available as a pdf here
Ruth Mayne and Jim Coe (2009) Power and Social Change NCVO Available to download from NCVO and several other sites
Mark Haugaard (ed) (2002) Power – a Reader Manchester University Press
Duncan Green (2008) From Poverty to Power – How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World Oxfam
Rowlands, J. (1998) “A Word of the Times but What does it Mean? Empowerment in the Discourse and Practice of Development.” in Afshar, H. Women and Empowerment: Illustrations from the Third World Palgrave MacMillan
Geoff Mulgan (2006) Good and Bad Power: The Ideals and Betrayals of Government Penguin
Rosalind Eyben (2004) Linking Power and Poverty Reduction World Bank Available online as a pdfhttp://preval.org/files/LINKING%20POWER%20AND%20POVERTY%20REDUCTIon6.pdf
Adam Kahane (2010) Power and Love: A Theory and Practice of Social Change Berrett Keohler
Jacqueline B. Mondros and Scott M. Wilson (1994) Organizing for Power and Empowerment Columbia – an evaluation of many different models of US organizing and how their impact can be improved
Carien Fritze (n.d.) The Theory of Paulo Freire Interesting introduction to Freire’s thought by a London community worker/organizer
Alison Gilchrist et al (2010) Identities and Social Action: Connecting Communities for a Change CDF Available as a pdf here
Margaret Ledwith (2011) Community Development: A critical approach (Second Edition) Policy Press
Adam Curtis (2002) The Century of the Self BBC Award-winning documentary series ‘about how those in power used Freud’s theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy.’ Available to stream and download at http://achieve.org/details/AdamCurtis-TheCenturyOfTheSelf – highly recommended
David Cromwell (2012) Why are we the Good Guys?: Reclaiming Your Mind from the Delusions of Propaganda Zero Books
Roger Hopkins (2013) Empowering Education – Educating for Community Development: A Critical Study of Methods, Theories and Values John Hunt Publishing
Antonio Gramsci (2000) A Gramsci Reader Lawrence and Wishart Ltd
Gary Gutting (2005) Foucault: A Very Short Introduction Oxford University Press
Daniel Dorling (2010) Injustice: Why social injustice persists Policy Press
Frantz Fanon (1961) The Wretched of the Earth Penguin
Rosalind Eyben (2004) Linking Power and Poverty Reduction World Bank Available online as a pdf http://preval.org/files/LINKING%20POWER%20AND%20POVERTY%20REDUCTIon6.pdf
Institute of Development Studies (2012) The Power of Analysis? Using power analysis to achieve social change You Tube video Talk by Jethro Pettit at YouTube
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (2004) Power tools for policy influence in natural resouirce management Great website with loads of useful ideas and tools
The Change Agency (TCA) – a website crammed with great campaign resources and some deep wisdom too – highly recommended. Find here worksheets on forcefield analysis, power mapping and problem tree analysis
Training for Change (TfC) – another brilliant resource site for trainers and activists engaged for social justice. Plenty of great resources to delve into here too.
Andrew Boyd (ed) (2012) Beautiful Trouble – a Toolbox for Revolution OR Books Available to buy or download at http://beautifultrouble.org
John Gaventa (2006) ‘Finding the Spaces for Change – A Power Analysis‘ in The IDS Bulletin Vol 37 No 6 Available as a pdf
Oxfam (2009) A Quick Guide to Power Analysis Available as a pdf
Dawn Martinez Therapy for Liberation – the Paulo Freire Methodology Simmons College School of Social Work Available as a pdf
“Tools for Influencing Power and Policy” in Participatory Learning and Action No 53 Dec 2005 International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) Available as a pdf