The Routledge Handbook of Community Development explores community development theory and practice across the world. The book provides perspectives about community development as an interactive, relevant and sometimes contradictory way to address issues impacting the human condition. It promotes better understanding of the complexities and challenges in identifying, designing, implementing and evaluating community development constructs, applications and interventions. This edited volume discusses how community development is conceptualized as an approach, method or profession. Themes provide the scope of the book, with projects, issues or perspectives presented in each of these areas.
This handbook provides invaluable contextualized insights on the theory and practice of community development around core themes relevant in society. Each chapter explores and presents an issue, perspectives, project or case in the thematic areas, with regional and country context included. It is a must-read for students and researchers working in community development, planning and human geography and an essential reference for any professional engaged in community development.
I. Governance and Community Development 1. Governance 2. Communities in Governance in a Neoliberal Age 3. Community Development in Theory and Practice: Reviving Critical Democratic Impulse 4. Community Development and Governance: An Australian Example 5. How Does Your Garden Grow: Is Public Policy Responsible for the Death of Community Development in Aotearoa New Zealand? II. Place and Community Development 6. Saemaul Development and Global Saemaul Undong for Community Development 7. Place-Based Approaches to Poverty Alleviation: Institutional Innovation and Asset-Based Community Development 8. Land, Culture, Culture Loss and Community: Rural Insights from Sub-Saharan Africa 9. Awareness-Raising as Community Development: Theory, Case study and Innovation in Myanmar III. Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Development 10. Sustainable Community Development and the Green Economy: Ensuring a Strong Sustainability Approach 11. Practices of Community Development and Sustainable Livelihoods in Indonesia 12. The Role of Community Engagement and Indicators in Generating Knowledge for Informing Regional Planning for Sustainability IV. Culture and Creative Expression in Community Development 13. The Way Art Works and Reading Island Community – Insights for Community Development 14. "Basta Masaya OK na" Reflections on Creative and Culture-based Approaches to Community Development Practice in the Philippines 15. The Necessity and Impossibility of Cultural Democracy 16. Equity and Resilience: Planning and Developing Horizontal Networks through Cultural Districts 17. Community Cultural Capital: in the Anakie Gemfields Community, Australia V. Identity, Belonging and the Life course 18. Opinions, Life Experiences, and Definitions of Children, Young People, and University Students from the Province of Buenos Aires 19. From Community Engagement to Community Emergence: A Conceptual Framework and Model