2nd Edition

The Community Development Reader

By James DeFilippis, Susan Saegert Copyright 2012
    416 Pages
    by Routledge

    416 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Community Development Reader is the first comprehensive reader in the past thirty years that brings together practice, theory and critique concerning communities as sites of social change. With chapters written by some of the leading scholars and practitioners in the field, the book presents a diverse set of perspectives on community development. These selections inform the reader about established and emerging community development institutions and practices as well as the main debates in the field. The second edition is significantly updated and expanded to include a section on globalization as well as new chapters on the foreclosure crisis, and emerging forms of community .

    1.Communities Develop: The Question is How?

    James DeFilippis and Susan Saegert


    2.Swimming against the Tide: A Brief History of Federal Policy in Poor Communities

    Alice O’Connor

    3.Community Control and Development: The Long View

    James DeFilippis

    4. Sites, William, Robert J. Chaskin, and Virginia Parks.2007. Reframing community practice for the 21st century: Multiple traditions, multiple challenges. Journal of Urban Affairs 29(5): 519-541.


    5.Introduction to Part II

    James DeFilippis and Susan Saegert

    6.More than Bricks and Sticks: Five Components of Community Development Corporation Capacity

    Norman J. Glickman and Lisa J. Servon

    7.Learning from Adversity: The CDC School of Hard Knocks

    William M. Rohe, Rachel G. Bratt, and Protip Biswas

    8.Social Housing

    Michael E. Stone

    9. Immergluck, Dan. Community Response to Foreclosure. Revised from: Immergluck, D. 2008. Community response to the foreclosure crisis: Thoughts on local interventions. Community Affairs Discussion Paper No. 01-08. October 10. Atlanta: Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

    10.Community Development Financial Institutions: Expanding Access to Capital in Under-served Markets 81

    Lehn Benjamin, Julia Sass Rubin, and Sean Zielenbach

    11.The Economic Development of Neighborhoods and Localities

    Wim Wiewel, Michael Teitz, and Robert Giloth

    12. Hoogendoorn, Brigitte, Pennings, Enrico, and Roy Thurik. 2010. What Do We Know About Social Entrepreneurship: An Analysis of Empirical Research. Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM). Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. ERS-2009-044-ORG

    13. Communities as Place, Face, and Space: Provision of Services to Poor, Urban Children and their Families.

    Tama Leventhal, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, and Sheila B. Kamerman.

    14. Chung, Connie. 2005. Connecting Public Schools to Community Development. Communities and Banking. Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Winter. p. 10-16

    15. Owens, Michael Lee. Capacity Building: The case of faith-based organizations. In Building the Organizations that Build Communities: Strengthening the Capacity of Faith-Based and Community-Based Development Organizations, ed. Roland Anglin (Washington, DC: Office of Policy Development & Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development), pp. 127-163.

    16. Toward Greater Effectiveness in Community Change: Challenges and Responses for Philanthropy

    Prudence Brown, Robert Chaskin, Ralph Hamilton, and Harold Richman

    17. Mayer, Neil and Langley Keyes. 2005. City Government’s Role in the Community Development System. Washington, DC: Urban Institute

    18. Dixon, Jane. 2011. Diverse food economies, multivariant capitalism, and the community dynamic shaping contemporary food systems. Community Development Journal. 46(suppl 1): i20-i35

    19. Wheeler, Stephen. 2009. Sustainability in Community Development. in An Introduction to Community Development Phillips, Rhonda and Robert Pittman (Eds). London and New York: Routledge


    20. Introduction to Part III

    James DeFilippis and Susan Saegert

    21. Fisher, Robert, DeFilippis, James, and Eric Shragge. 2010. History Matters: Cannons, Anti- Cannons and Critical Lessons from the Past. From Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

    22.Community Organizing or Organizing Community? Gender and the Crafts of Empowerment

    Susan Stall and Randy Stoecker

    23. Community Building: Limitations and Promises

    Bill Traynor

    24. Saegert, S. (2006) Building Civic Capacity in Urban Neighborhoods: An Empirically Grounded Anatomy. Journal of Urban Affairs, 28:275-294.

    25. How Does Community Matter for Community Organizing?

    David Micah Greenberg

    26. Doing Democracy Up-Close: Culture, Power, and Communication in Community Planning

    Xavier de Souza Briggs

    27. Community Organizing for Power and Democracy: Lessons Learned from a Life in the Trenches

    Harold DeRienzo

    Part IV. Globalization and Community Development

    28. Introduction to Part IV

    James DeFilippis and Susan Saegert

    29. Williamson, Thad, Imbroscio, David, and Gar Alperovitz. 2002. "Globalization and Free Trade" in Making a Place for Community. New York: Routledge

    30. Newman, Kathe. Post-Industrial Widgets: Capital Flows and the Production of the Urban. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 33 (2): 314-331

    31. Community-based Organizations and Migration in New York City

    Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán and Victoria Quiroz-Becerra

    32. Orozco, Manuel and Rebecca Rouse. 2007. Migrant Hometown Associations and Opportunities for Development: A Global Perspective. Migration Information Source, Migration Policy Institute.

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    33. Hermanson, Jeff. 2004. Global Corporations, Global Campaigns - The Struggle for Justice at Kukdong International in Mexico. American Center for International Labor Solidarity

    34. Jurik, Nancy. 2005. The International Roots of Microenterprise Development. in Bootstrap Dreams: U.S. Microenterprise Development in An Era of Welfare Reform. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


    35. Introduction to Part V

    James DeFilippis and Susan Saegert

    36. What Community Supplies

    Robert J. Sampson

    37. Sen, Amatrya. 2003. Development as Capability Expansion. In Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko and A.K. Shiva Kumar (eds.) Readings in Human Development. New Delhi: Oxford University Press

    38. Five Faces of Oppression

    Iris Marion Young

    39. Defining Feminist Community: Place, Choice, and the Urban Politics of Difference

    Judith Garber

    40. Squires, Gregory and Charis E. Kubrin. 2006. Privileged Places: Race Opportunity and Uneven Development in Urban America. Shelterforce. Issue #147, Fall 2006

    41. Domestic Property Interests as a Seedbed for Community Action

    John Emmeus Davis

    42. The CDC Model of Urban Development: A Critique and an Alternative

    Randy Stoecker

    43. Strengthening the Connections between Communities and External Resources

    Anne C. Kubisch, Patricia Auspos, Prudence Brown, Robert Chaskin,

    Karen Fulbright-Anderson, and Ralph Hamilton

    44. Conclusion

    James DeFilippis and Susan Saegert


    James DeFilippis is an Associate Professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is the author of Unmaking Goliath: Community Control in the Face of Global Capital, and co-author (with Robert Fisher and Eric Shragge) of Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing. 

    Susan Saegert is Professor of Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she was also the first director of the Center for the Study of Women and Society.  Dr. Saegert has published five books including Social Capital in Poor Communities with Phil Thompson and Mark Warren (Russell Sage, 2001), and From Abandonment to Hope: Community Households in Harlem , with Jackie Leavitt (Columbia University Press, 1990).

    "This updated anthology is a welcome addition for those who teach community development. It is a thorough and comprehensive treatment of the field that covers questions of practice and theory. A new section on globalization and contributions on sustainability make it the best single source for students of community development."

    —Edward G. Goetz, Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

    "Community development practitioners like me learn largely from our successes and failures at the most granular street level, as well as dialogue with colleagues and policy makers. The Community Development Reader provides a multitude of insightful and up to date chapters on community development strategies and institutions as well as critical examination of the challenges we face. I found the chapters on food systems and environmental sustainability particularly relevant to our current initiatives."

    Nancy Biberman, President, Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco)

    "I rely on The Community Development Reader as a unique book that is unparalleled. No other book examines the concept of communities and develops the theme into a rich and powerful examination of the city as a complex array of processes. While it is an edited volume, The CDR reads like a single-authored work, as it seamlessly incorporates significant essays from leading scholars."

    —Immanuel Ness, Political Science, Brooklyn College

    "The book is fascinating: the writings are well organized, the concepts are easy to understand, and the stories are very appropriate for my students. It covers a wide arrange of topics in community development practices, including a variety of dimensions of community development, from fund-raising, to organization management, to involving the community. The topics give our students a lot to discuss and debate about – great for critical thinking."

    —Jia Lu, Architecture and Planning, Catholic University