The Community Development Reader

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-02-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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The Community Development Readeris the first comprehensive reader addressing community development. Community development has become a significant component of urban political economies in the past thirty years. This Readeris an ambitious volume bringing together history, theory and power dynamics. It does not just promote the model of community development but also addresses the messiness of community development.

Author Biography

James DeFilippis is an Associate Professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is the author of Unmaking Goliath: Community Control in the Face of Global Capital, and co-author (with Robert Fisher and Eric Shragge) of Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing. Susan Saegert is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she was also the first Director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society. Dr. Saegert has published five books including Social Capital in Poor Communities with Phil Thompson and Mark Warren (2001), and From Abandonment to Hope: Community Households in Harlem with Jackie Leavitt (1990).

Table of Contents

List of illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Notes on the textp. xiv
Communities Develop: The Question is, How?p. 1
History and Future of Community Development
Swimming against the Tide: A Brief History of Federal Policy in Poor Communitiesp. 11
Community Control and Development: The Long Viewp. 30
Refraining Community Practice for the 21st Century: Multiple Traditions, Multiple Challengesp. 38
Community Development Institutions and Practice
Introduction to Part IIp. 51
More than Bricks and Sticks: Five Components of Community Development Corporation Capacityp. 54
Learning from Adversity: The CDC School of Hard Knocksp. 70
Social Housingp. 75
Community Response to Foreclosurep. 90
Community Development Financial Institutions: Expanding Access to Capital in Under-Served Marketsp. 99
The Economic Development of Neighborhoods and Localitiesp. 107
Conceptual Overview of What We Know about Social Entrepreneurshipp. 117
Communities as Place, Face, and Space: Provision of Services to Poor, Urban Children and their Familiesp. 125
Connecting Public Schools to Community Developmentp. 134
Capacity Building: The Case of Faith-based Organizationsp. 140
Toward Greater Effectiveness in Community Change: Challenges and Responses for Philanthropyp. 150
City Government's Role in the Community Development Systemp. 158
Diverse Food Economies, Multivariant Capitalism, and the Community Dynamic Shaping Contemporary Food Systemsp. 157
Sustainability in Community Developmentp. 175
Building and Organizing Community
Introduction to Part IIIp. 187
History Matters: Canons, Anti-Canons and Critical Lessons from the Pastp. 191
Community Organizing or Organizing Community? Gender and the Crafts of Empowermentp. 201
Community Building: Limitations and Promisep. 209
Building Civic Capacity in Urban Neighborhoods: An Empirically Grounded Anatomyp. 220
How Does Community Matter for Community Organizing?p. 228
Doing Democracy Up Close: Culture, Power, and Communication in Community Planningp. 237
Community Organizing for Power and Democracy: Lessons Learned from a Life in the Trenchesp. 244
Globalization and Community Development
Introduction to Part IVp. 251
Globalization and Free Tradep. 253
Post-Industrial Widgets: Capital Flows and the Production of the Urbanp. 262
Community-based Organizations and Migration in New York Cityp. 270
Migrant Hometown Associations and Opportunities for Development: A Global Perspectivep. 280
Global Corporations, Global Campaigns: The Struggle for Justice at Kukdong International in Mexicop. 286
The International Roots of Microenterprise Developmentp. 293
Theoretical Conceptions and Debates
Introduction to Part Vp. 305
What Community Suppliesp. 308
Development as Capability Expansionp. 319
Five Faces of Oppressionp. 328
Defining Feminist Community: Place, Choice, and the Urban Politics of Differencep. 338
Privileged Places: Race, Opportunity, and Uneven Development in Urban Americap. 347
Domestic Property interests as a Seedbed for Community Actionp. 353
The CDC Model of Urban Development: A Critique and an Alternativep. 361
Strengthening the Connections between Communities and External Resourcesp. 369
Concluding Thoughtsp. 377
Indexp. 383
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