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2nd Edition

The Community Development Reader

ISBN 9780415507769
Published February 15, 2012 by Routledge
416 Pages

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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 .

Table of Contents

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

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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