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Culture, Community, and Development

1st Edition

Edited by Rhonda Phillips, Mark A. Brennan


230 pages | 14 B/W Illus.

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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 more 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, policy makers, students and researchers.


"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." —LeonardoVazquez, 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

Table of Contents


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 MagicBy 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 PracticeBy 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

About the Editors

Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP is a community development and planning specialist. Her first book, Concept Marketing for Communities, profiled towns using innovative branding strategies for arts-based development. She’s presented arts-based development workshops across the US and globally as a Fulbright Scholar and with a US AID project. Rhonda is professor and dean, Purdue University and author/editor of 26 books on community development and related topics. She is a member of the AICP College of Fellows.

Mark A. Brennan, Professor, Leadership and Community Development and UNESCO Chair in Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Brennan’s teaching, research, writing, and program development concentrates on the role of civic engagement in the youth, community, and rural development process. He has over 25 years’ experience designing, conducting, and analyzing social science research related to community and development.

About the Series

Community Development Research and Practice Series

This series serves community developers, planners, public administrators and others involved in practice and policy making in the realm of community development. Building on a 40 year history of publishing the journal, Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the book series seeks to contribute to the growing and rapidly changing knowledge base as a resource for practitioners and researchers alike.


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Series Editor:

Rhonda G. Phillips
Purdue University, USA

Editorial Board:

Mark Brennan
Pennsylvania State University, USA

Jan Flora
Iowa State University, USA

Gary P. Green
University of Wisconsin, USA

Brian McGrath
National University of Ireland

Norman Walzer
Northern Illinois University, USA

Patricia A. Wilson
University of Texas, Austin, USA


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development