1st Edition

50 Years of Community Development Vol II A History of its Evolution and Application in North America

Edited By Norman Walzer, Rhonda Phillips, Robert Blair Copyright 2021
    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    This 50th anniversary publication provides a comprehensive history of community development. Beginning in 1970 with the advent of the Community Development Society and its journal shortly thereafter, Community Development, the editors have placed the chapters in major themed areas or issues pertinent to both research and practice of community development.

    The evolution of community development as an area of scholarship and application, and the subsequent founding of the discipline, is vital to capture. At the 50-year mark, it is particularly relevant to revisit issues that reoccur throughout the last five decades and look at approaches to addressing them. These include issues and themes around equity and inclusion, collective impact, leadership and policy development, as well as resilience and sustainability. Community change over time has much to teach us, and this set will provide a foundation for fostering understanding of the history of community development and its focus on community change.

    The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal Community Development.


    Section 1 Introduction

    Chapter 1: Local Self-Development Strategies: National Survey Results, Gary P. Green , Jan L. Flora , Cornelia Flora & Frederick E. Schmidt

    Chapter 2: Defining the Role of Nonprofit Corporations in Community Economic Development, Keith Snavely & Roger Beck

    Chapter 3: Ten Basic Principles of Leadership in Community Development Organizations, Jerry W. Robinson Jr.

    Chapter 4: People First: Factors that promote or inhibit community transformation, Mary Ellen Brown & Birgitta L. Baker

    Chapter 5: Assessing factors influencing political engagement in local communities, Cecil Shelton & Lori Garkovich

    Section 2 Introduction

    Chapter 6: Community Development as Social Movement: A Contribution to Models of Practice, John J. Green

    Chapter 7: Incorporating social justice in tourism planning: racial reconciliation and sustainable community development in the Deep South, Alan W. Barton & Sarah J. Leonard

    Chapter 8: An ethical principle for social justice in community development practice, Ru Michael Sabre

    Chapter 9: People-Centered Community Planning, John Michael Daley & Julio Angulo

    Chapter 10: Strategies for Citizen Participation and Empowerment in Non-profit, Community-Based Organizations, Donna Hardina

    Chapter 11: Creating Great Places: The Role of Citizen Participation, Lynn Richards & Matthew Dalbey

    Chapter 12: The Racial Bifurcation of Community Development: Implications for Community Development Practitioners, James D. Preston & Graves E. Enck

    Chapter 13: Caught in the Middle: Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and the Conflict between Grassroots and Instrumental Forms of Citizen Participation, Robert Mark Silverman

    Section 3 Introduction

    Chapter 14: Applying innovative approaches to address health disparities in native populations: an assessment of the Crow Men's Health Project, Paul R. Lachapelle , Tim Dunnagan & James Real Bird

    Chapter 15: The role of community-based strategies in addressing metropolitan segregation and racial health disparities, Malo André Hutson & Sacoby Wilson

    Chapter 16: The Economic and Fiscal Impacts of the Elderly on a Small Rural Region, Martin Shields , Judith I. Stallmann & Steven C. Deller

    Chapter 17: Bowling Alone but Online Together: Social Capital in E-Communities, James K. Scott & Thomas G. Johnson

    Chapter 18: Can Community Interventions Change Resilience?  Fostering Perceptions of Individual and Community Resilience in Rural Places, Marianna Markantoni, Arthur Adam Steiner, & John Elliot Meador

    Chapter 19: Community Development and Community Resilience: An Integrative Approach, Alex Zautra, John Hall & Kate Murray

    Chapter 20: Healthy Communities: The Goal of Community Development, Alvin S. Lackey , Robert Burke & Mark Peterson



    Norman Walzer is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Governmental Services, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, USA.

    Rhonda Phillips is Dean, Purdue University Honors College, West Lafayette, USA.

    Robert Blair is Professor of Public Administration and Urban Studies at the College of Public Affairs, University of Nebraska, Omaha, USA.