Culture is a living thing. In social settings, it is often used to represent entire ways of life, including rules, values, and expected behavior. Varying from nation to nation, neighborhood to neighborhood and beyond, even in the smallest localities, culture is a motivating factor in the creation of social identity and serves as a basis for creating cohesion and solidarity.
This book explores the intersection of culture and community as a basis for locally and regionally based development by focusing on three core bodies of literature: theory, research, and practice. The first section, theory, uncovers some of the relevant historical arguments, as well as more contemporary examinations. Continuing, the research section sheds light on some of the key concepts, variables, and relationships present in the limited study of culture in community development. Finally, the practice section brings together research and theory into applied examples from on the ground efforts.
During a time where the interest to retain the uniqueness of local life, traditions, and culture is significantly increasing in community-based development, the authors offer a global exploration of the impacts of culturally based development with comparative analysis in countries such as Korea, Ireland, and the United States. A must-read for community development planners, policymakers, students, and researchers.
Chapter 1 Culture, Community and Development: A Critical Interrelationship By Mark A. Brennan & Rhonda Phillips
Theory and Framework:
Chapter 2 A Proposal: Stand for Civic Engagement By Rosanne Altstatt & Esteban Garcia Bravo
Chapter 3 Intercultural Learning among Community Development Students: Positive Attitudes, Ambivalent Experiences By Farida Fozdar & Simone Volet
Chapter 4 Exploring the Dimensional Structure of the Arts in Communities By HeeKyung Sung, Roland J. Kushner, & Mark A. Hager
Chapter 5 Traditions and Play as Ways to Develop Community: The Case of Korea’s Belt-Wrestling Known as Ssireum By Christopher A. Sparks
Chapter 6 Irish Diaspora and Sporting Cultures of Conflict, Stability and Unity: Analysing the Power Politics of Community Development, Resistance and Disempowerment Through a Case Study Comparison of Benny Lynch and ‘The Glasgow Effect’ By John Davis & Christina Milarvie Quarrell
Chapter 7 Tradition, Cultures and Communities: Exploring the Potentials of Music and the Arts for Community Development in Appalachia By Brian McGrath & M.A. Brennan
Chapter 8 Strange Bedfellows: Community Development, Democracy, and Magic By Esther Farmer
Chapter 9 Working with Young People Through the Arts, Music and Technology: Emancipating New Youth Civic Engagement By Eoin Dolan, Pat Dolan and Jen Hesnan
Chapter 10 More than Noise: Employing Hip-Hop Music to Inform Community Development Practice By Justin Hollander & Jennifer Quinn
Chapter 11 Connecting Industry and the Arts for Community Development: The Art Hop of Burlington, Vermont. By Rhonda Phillips, Bruce Seifer, & Mark Brennan
"Culture, Community, and Development is an excellent resource for scholars of community development, creative placemaking, and cultural policy. The authors demystify and annotate the deep and fluid relationships among local arts, culture, and community well-being. The book provides a holistic view of current practices and research in this field."—Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, USA
"Over the past century, community development and public policy have almost entirely focused on our material lives—with resources flowing to jobs, housing, training, and infrastructure. But, humans also live in a symbolic world—as Clifford Geertz reminds us, 'we are suspended in webs of meaning we ourselves have spun.' Culture, Community, and Development is an indispensable volume for understanding the symbolic dimensions of community development. The editors have woven together theory, empirical research and policy into a compendium that gets at the heart of community change—the role of art, culture, heritage, and local knowledge for building connectivity, identity, cohesion, resilience and civic capacity."—Steven Tepper, Dean and Director, Foundation Professor, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, USA