This book is the outcome of a multiyear process of participatory meetings, individual and collective writings, and insightful criticisms sponsored by the Kettering Foundation regarding the intersection of community development and democratic practice. The collective outcome from these processes is a wide range of innovative articles at the forefront of thinking about the intersections of power, participation, and engagement in the realm of community practice.
The authors highlight a range of case studies that vary by location, scale, and purpose. The book serves as a heuristic framework for ‘democratic community development’ and raises several related questions about how democracy, community, and the public are constituted, and what processes, end goals, methods, and tools are to be used to further democratic community development.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Community Development.
1. Introduction: Community development and democratic practice: pas de deux or distinct and different? Michael Rios and Paul Lachapelle 2. Metis, craft, civic mindedness: essential attributes of democratic citizenship in communities David Campbell 3. The essential and inherent democratic capacities of communities Patrick L. Scully and Alice Diebel 4. Democratizing democracy as community development: insights from popular education in Latin America F. David Bronkema and Cornelia Butler Flora 5. Solidarity economy and community development: emerging cases in three Massachusetts cities Penn Loh and Boone Shear 6. The civics of community development: participatory budgeting in Chicago Rachel Weber, Thea Crum and Eduardo Salinas 7. Towards a robust democracy: the core competencies critical to community developers John Gruidl and Ronald Hustedde 8. Strange bedfellows: community development, democracy, and magic Esther Farmer