This text provides students of community and economic development with a theoretical and practical introduction to the field. Bringing together leading scholars, it provides both a conceptual background and contemporary approaches, with a progression from theory to practice. Included are case studies and supportive material to develop community service-learning activities.
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About the Author
Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.is Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology, Emeritus at Delta State University (DSU) and Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1994, Robinson accepted an endowed Chair in Economic and Community Development at DSU. At Delta State, he founded the Center for Community and Economic Development. He is known around the world for his creativity in developing and leading practical and multi-disciplinary programs in human relations, organizational development, and leadership and community development. He has written a dozen books on organizational development, human relations, stress and wellness, leadership and community development, and traffic safety. His research has been published in The ABA Journal, American Sociological Review, The Economic Development Review, The Community Development Journal, Rural Sociology, and Social Forces.
Gary Paul Green is a professor in the Department of Community & Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a community development specialist in the Center for Community & Economic Development at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Green’s teaching and research interests are primarily in the areas of community and economic development. In addition to his work in the U.S., he has been involved in community and economic development research and teaching in China, New Zealand, South Korea, Uganda, and Ukraine.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Developing Communities - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and Gary Paul GreenChapter 2. An Historical View of Community Development - Lorraine E. GarkovichChapter 3. Community Development and Natural Landscapes - Alan W. Barton and Theresa SelfaChapter 4. The Technical Assistance Approach - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and Frank FearChapter 5. The Self-Help Approach to Community Development - Gary Paul GreenChapter 6. The Interactional Approach to Community - J.C. Bridger, M. A. Brennan and A.E. LuloffChapter 7. The Role of Conflict in Community Develoment - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and L. Steven SmutkoChapter 8. Action Research and Evaluation in Community Develoment - John J. Green and Anna M. KleinerChapter 9. The Role of Leadership Behaviors and Structures in Community Development - Josh Stovall, Jerry W. Robinson, Jr., Albert Nylander and Ralph B. BrownChapter 10. Principles of Working Together: Developing Relationships That Support Community Development Initiatives - Janet S.Ayers and Anne Heinze SilvisChapter 11. Communities in Rural America: Current Realities and Emerging Strategies - Lionel J. Beaulieu and Glenn D. IsraelChapter 12. Community Development Challenges of Inner-City Neighborhoods - Jeffrey S. Lowe and William M. Harris, Sr.Chapter 13. Engaging Youth in Community Development - Wendy Wheeler and Ana Maria ThomasChapter 14. Health: A New Community Development Challenge - Lois Wright Morton and Nina GlasgowChapter 15. Schools and Community Development - Kai A. Schafft and Hobart L. HarmonChapter 16. Sustainable Communities: Sustainability and Community Development - Jerry Hembd and Jane SilbersteinChapter 17. Globalization and Community Development: Synergy or Disintegration - Paulette Meikle and Gary Paul GreenChapter 18. Emerging Issues in Community Development - Gary Paul Green and Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.