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1st Edition

Interdisciplinary Community Development
International Perspectives

ISBN 9780789032942
Published September 6, 2007 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

Interdisciplinary Community Development: International Perspectives is a unique look at the innovations in interdisciplinary community development around the world. International leaders in geography, public policy, administration, social work, education, and public health explore the latest research, programs, and approaches to promote strategies that foster social justice, health, peace building, and others.

This book clearly defines the ambiguous concept of community development, and examines successful strategies and approaches for the betterment of society. Projects highlighting cooperation, collaboration, and the sharing of thoughts and creative ideas are discussed in detail. The volume also offers extensive references, tables, and figures to effectively illustrate ideas and concepts.

Other topics in Interdisciplinary Community Development: International Perspectives include:

  • Key issues in the conceptualization and practice of interdisciplinary community collaboration and development (ICCD)
  • Methods to develop community networks for the promotion of social rights and peace building in the Middle East
  • Approaches for community development in communities with limited economic resources, low-level literacy, and limited access
  • A history of community organization (CO) in India
  • Strategies to develop a coordinated community response system to domestic violence
  • An international university-to-university collaborative project in Nigeria to share knowledge across disciplines
  • Interdisciplinary community practice to promote the development of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Croatia
  • Romania’s Pentru Voi Fundatia as a ’best practice’ model of interdisciplinary community development (ICD)
  • Research to assess the quality of life of residents who have had community development intervention

Interdisciplinary Community Development: International Perspectives is a valuable resource for social workers, organizers, planners, policymakers, and activists.

Table of Contents

Preface: Defining Community and Its Development. Interdisciplinary Community Development from International Perspectives: An Introduction. DEFINING INTERDISCIPLINARY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. Towards Interdisciplinary Community Collaboration and Development: Knowledge and Experience from Israel and the USA. The Contribution of Law and Social Work to Interdisciplinary Community Development and Peace Building in the Middle East. Adult Literacy Education and Community Development. UNIVERSITIES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. Reconceptualizing Community Organization in India: A Transdisciplinary Perspective. Transcending Boundaries: An International, Interdisciplinary Community Partnership to Address Domestic Violence. From Disciplinary to Interdisciplinary Community Development: The Jos-McMaster Drought and Rural Water Use Project in Nigeria. INTERDISCIPLINARY PRACTICE BY NGOs. NGO Development in Croatia: De Facto Interdisciplinary Practice. Pentru Voi Fundatia: Interdisciplinary Community Development Using Social Enterprise in Romania. Measuring Wellness Through Interdisciplinary Community Development: Linking the Physical, Economic and Social Environment. AFTERWORD. Interdisciplinary Community Development: Setting the Future Course. Index. References.

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Alice K. Johnson Butterfield, PhD, is a Professor at the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois-Chicago. Her scholarly interests include policy and service delivery for homeless families, community practice, and international social work. Dr. Butterfield is an editor of numerous journals. She is also a member of the National Board of Advisors of Influencing State Policy (INFLUENCE). Dr. Butterfield is Principal Investigator of the Social Work Education in Ethiopia Partnership (Project SWEEP), a university-to-university partnership that has established the first-ever graduate degree in social work at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

Yossi Korazim-Korosy, DSW, is a senior social worker and community work specialist, employed by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Jerusalem, as Head of Policy-Planning Department, The Division of Strategic Planning, Research and Training. Since 1999, he has chaired the Interdisciplinary Forum for Community Development and serves on the Boards of IACD (the International Association for Community Development) and ACOSA (the (American) Association for Community Organization and Social Administration). Dr. Korazim has served on several boards of professional non-governmental organizations in Israel.