Community: A Contemporary Analysis of Policies, Programs, and Practices

Community: A Contemporary Analysis of Policies, Programs, and Practices

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Community: A Contemporary Analysis of Policies, Programs, and Practices by Katharine Kelly, Tullio Caputo

Community is an elusive yet frequently invoked concept. Terms like community health, community living, community schools, community policing, community development, and community renewal have become part of the contemporary lexicon.


What has led organizations, and particularly Western governments, to take such an interest in community, and why this interest now? What has caused the increasing acceptance of community as the primary vehicle through which a wide variety of government programs and services should be delivered? And what has this shift of focus meant for those living and working in communities?


Using real-life case studies that include affordable housing and environmental and crime-prevention initiatives, Community is the perfect primer for understanding the theoretical and practical elements of contemporary community policies and practices, ideal for those working, or training to work, at the local level.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442603660
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Katharine Kelly is an Associate Professor in the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies and in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa. She is co-author, with Mark Totten, of When Children Kill: A Social-Psychological Study of Youth Homicide (UTP, 2002).


Tullio Caputo is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements



1. Bringing Community Back In?



2. Why Community? Why Now?



3. Identifying Community: Putting the Neoliberal Agenda into Action



4. Can the Neoliberal State Set the Agenda? The Challenges of Power and Politics



5. The Consequences of Neoliberal Funding Regimes



6. Reflections



Glossary



References



Index

What People are Saying About This

Eric Shragge

Finally, a text I can use in my introduction to community class. Kelly and Caputo have written an accessible book that does not lose the complexity of the concept of community, and does not celebrate community, but situates its role in the context of the transition to neoliberalism. Case studies complement the critical analysis.

Kit Carson

This text offers Canadian undergraduate and graduate students a succinct, lucid, and readily accessible account of the effects of neoliberalism on the attempt to utilize 'community' as a solution to so many contemporary Canadian problems. Written at a time when global crises may well augur dramatic change, whether it be further 'responsibilization' or more overt centralization, this is a very timely contribution. In many ways, it is a model text, certainly one to be highly recommended to faculty members for adoption and to students for careful consideration.

From the Publisher

Finally, a text I can use in my introduction to community class. Kelly and Caputo have written an accessible book that does not lose the complexity of the concept of community, and does not celebrate community, but situates its role in the context of the transition to neoliberalism. Case studies complement the critical analysis.

This text offers Canadian undergraduate and graduate students a succinct, lucid, and readily accessible account of the effects of neoliberalism on the attempt to utilize 'community' as a solution to so many contemporary Canadian problems. Written at a time when global crises may well augur dramatic change, whether it be further 'responsibilization' or more overt centralization, this is a very timely contribution. In many ways, it is a model text, certainly one to be highly recommended to faculty members for adoption and to students for careful consideration.

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