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This collection of work by leading community development scholars presents students with a theoretical and practical introduction to the field. The text progresses seamlessly from a theoretical overview to a historical overview to three approaches to community development (ecological, interactional, and structural-functional), then explores the practice of community development along with technical assistance, action research, evaluation research, and the role of local organizations, local leadership, and coalitions. The book concludes with critical issues, such as rural development, inner-city development, youth in community development, health care, public schools, and sustainable development.
Key features include:
Chapter 1. Developing Communities - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and Gary Paul Green Chapter 2. An Historical View of Community Development - Lorraine E. Garkovich Chapter 3. Community Development and Natural Landscapes - Alan W. Barton and Theresa Selfa Chapter 4. The Technical Assistance Approach - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and Frank Fear Chapter 5. The Self-Help Approach to Community Development - Gary Paul Green Chapter 6. The Interactional Approach to Community - J.C. Bridger, M. A. Brennan and A.E. Luloff Chapter 7. The Role of Conflict in Community Develoment - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and L. Steven Smutko Chapter 8. Action Research and Evaluation in Community Develoment - John J. Green and Anna M. Kleiner Chapter 9. The Role of Leadership Behaviors and Structures in Community Development - Josh Stovall, Jerry W. Robinson, Jr., Albert Nylander and Ralph B. Brown Chapter 10. Principles of Working Together: Developing Relationships That Support Community Development Initiatives - Janet S.Ayers and Anne Heinze Silvis Chapter 11. Communities in Rural America: Current Realities and Emerging Strategies - Lionel J. Beaulieu and Glenn D. Israel Chapter 12. Community Development Challenges of Inner-City Neighborhoods - Jeffrey S. Lowe and William M. Harris, Sr.
Chapter 13. Engaging Youth in CommunityDevelopment - Wendy Wheeler and Ana Maria Thomas Chapter 14. Health: A New Community Development Challenge - Lois Wright Morton and Nina Glasgow Chapter 15. Schools and Community Development - Kai A. Schafft and Hobart L. Harmon Chapter 16. Sustainable Communities: Sustainability and Community Development - Jerry Hembd and Jane Silberstein Chapter 17. Globalization and Community Development: Synergy or Disintegration - Paulette Meikle and Gary Paul Green Chapter 18. Emerging Issues in Community Development - Gary Paul Green and Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.