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The Routledge Handbook of Community Development

Perspectives from Around the Globe, 1st Edition

Edited by Sue Kenny, Brian McGrath, Rhonda Phillips


472 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

I. Governance and Community Development

Chapter 1: Cornelia Butler Flora and Jan L. Flora, Governance

Chapter 2: Marilyn Taylor, Communities in Governance in a Neoliberal Age

Chapter 3: Mae Shaw, Community Development in Theory and Practice: Reviving Critical Democratic Impulse

Chapter 4: Jenny Onyx, Community Development and Governance: An Australian Example

Chapter 5: Garth Nowland-Foreman, How Does Your Garden Grow: Is Public Policy Responsible for the Death of Community Development in Aotearoa New Zealand?

II. Place and Community Development

Chapter 6: CHOI Oe-Chool, Saemaul Development and Global Saemaul Undong for Community Development

Chapter 7: Gary Paul Green, Place-Based Approaches to Poverty Alleviation: Institutional Innovation and Asset-Based Community Development

Chapter 8: Uchendu Chigbu, Chimaraoke O. Izugbara, and Walter T. de Vries, Land, Culture, Culture Loss and Community: Rural Insights from Sub-Saharan Africa

Chapter 9: Anthony Ware, Awareness-Raising as Community Development: Theory, Case study and Innovation in Myanmar

III. Sustainable Livelihoods and Community Development

Chapter 10: Mark Roseland and Duane Fontaine, Sustainable Community Development and the Green Economy: Ensuring a Strong Sustainability Approach

Chapter 11: Ismet Fanany, Aswar Hasan, and Sue Kenny, Practices of Community Development and Sustainable Livelihoods in Indonesia

Chapter 12: Kelly Hamshaw, Shoshanah Inwood, Jane Kolodinsky, and Melanie Needle, The Role of Community Engagement and Indicators in Generating Knowledge for Informing Regional Planning for Sustainability

IV. Culture and Creative Expression in Community Development

Chapter 13: Julie Crawshaw and Menelaos Gkartzios, The Way Art Works and Reading Island Community: Insights for Community Development

Chapter 14: Glecy C. Atienza and Jose Roberto "Robbie" Guevara, "Basta Masaya OK na" Reflections on Creative and Culture-based Approaches to Community Development Practice in the Philippines

Chapter 15: Rosie R. Meade, The Necessity and Impossibility of Cultural Democracy

Chapter 16: Tom Borrup, Equity and Resilience: Planning and Developing Horizontal Networks through Cultural Districts

Chapter 17: Daniel Teghe, Community Cultural Capital: In the Anakie Gemfields Community, Australia

V. Identity, Belonging and the Life course

Chapter 18: Graciela Tonon, Opinions, Life Experiences, and Definitions of Children, Young People, and University Students from the Province of Buenos Aires

Chapter 19: Brad Olson and Mark A. Brennan, From Community Engagement to Community Emergence: A Conceptual Framework and Model to Rethink Youth-Community Interaction

Chapter 20: Lisa Moran, Bernadine Brady, Cormac Forkan and Liam Coen, Building Communities of Youth: Narratives of Community and Belonging Among Young People Attending Youth Cafes in Ireland

Chapter 21: Martijn Hendriks, Kai Ludwigs, and David Bartram, International Migration Decisions and Happiness: The Migration Happiness Atlas as a Community Development Initiative

Chapter 22: Cheryl Kickett-Tucker and Jim Ife, Identity is the Koordoormitj Essence of Life of Australian Aboriginal Community Development

VI. Community Development, Human Rights and Resilience

Chapter 23: Ted Jojola and Michaela P. Shirley, Indigenous Planning: Replanting the Roots of Resistance

Chapter 24: Jane MacPhail, Michael Niconchuk and Noora El-wer, Conflict, the Brain, and Community: A Neurobiology-Informed Approach to Resilience and Community Development

Chapter 25: Linda Briskman and Lucy Fiske, Building Community Against the Odds: Asylum Seekers in Indonesia

Chapter 26: Elena Jenkin, Erin Wilson, Matthew Clarke, Kevin Murfitt and Robert Campain, Understanding the Human Rights of Children with Disability: A Melanesian Case Study 

Chapter 27: Vaughn John, The Complexities and Challenges of Community Development in Post-Conflict South Africa: A Systems Framework of a Project 

VII. Engagement and Knowledge

Chapter 28: John J. Green, Community Development in the Era of Large-Scale Data: Integrating Quantitative Data and Community Engagement

Chapter 29: Teresa Córdova, Collaborative Community Development Practice: Interfacing with Government to Create a Small Business Incubator

Chapter 30: Kenneth M. Reardon, The South Memphis Revitalization Action Project (SOMERAP): A Town/Gown Partnership for Community Transformation

Chapter 31: Phillip Mendes and Fronica Binns, Social Work and Community Development in Australia: Friends or Foes?

Chapter 32: Belgin Ucar Kocaoglu and Rhonda Phillips, Direct Public Participation in Local Government as Community Development: The Case of Turkey

About the Editors

Sue Kenny, Ph.D.,Emeritus Professor, International and Community Development, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, was formerly Director, Centre for Citizenship, Development and Human Rights and Chair, Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research organisation. Sue has forty years’ experience of community development practice and research in Australia and internationally.

Brian McGrath, Ph.D., Lecturer, School of Political Science and Sociology, NUI Galway, Ireland and Research Fellow with the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society, NUI Galway Ireland. His work has revolved around generating stronger understanding and research evidence in areas of: sociology of community and place, youth identities, social support and community development.

Rhonda Phillips, Ph.D., FAICP, is inaugural Dean, Purdue University Honors College. Her work focuses on community economic development planning, and community well-being and quality of life studies. She is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and former editor of Community Development. She is editor of the book series Community Development Research and Practice, and co-editor of Introduction to Community Development.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning