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Concentrating on three main themes - environmental complexity, community as the target of intervention, and commitment to social justice - Community Theory and Practice updates and expands the current boundaries of thinking about community organization. This book is an important resource for social work students, educators, and practitioners, as well as those who work in the areas of sociology, urban studies, community organization and development, and criminology, and other areas of social study and policy.
Acknowledgments. Introduction. Community Construction and Social Change: In Search of a Working Definition. Dimensions of Communalism: A Structural Framework. Heuristic Applications of the Population-Organization Framework. Focusing on Community as the Unit of Analysis: Varieties of Research. The Growing Impact of Environment: Community as Dependent Variable. Knowledge from Praxis. Professional Models of Community Organization. In Search of the New Civil Society. References