This book highlights the experiences of 14 high poverty communities in the rural South that accepted the invitation to be part of the Turning the Tide on Poverty (Tide) initiative. While history would suggest that impoverished places have limited capacity to make good things happen, Tide demonstrated otherwise.
This volume is a testament to the positive work that can be realized when people from all walks of life are accorded the opportunity to discuss, deliberate, and act on strategies designed to improve the lives of rural people and places in the South. The message is clear: when local residents are provided a safe space to weigh in on local issues and asked to give respectful consideration to the views of others in their community, they create pathways for spurring positive changes. Simply put, civic engagement propels people to do more for their community and instils in them a sense of hope for what can be accomplished when local people work together.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the journal Community Development.
Table of Contents
1. Preface: Bringing hope Lionel J. Beaulieu and Alice Diebel
2. History, theoretical frameworks, and methods Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Pamela A. Monroe, Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Rachel Welborn, and Sheri Lokken Worthy
3. Community climate in economically distressed rural communities Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Pamela A. Monroe, Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Rachel Welborn, and Sheri Lokken Worthy
4. Perceptions of leaders and leadership in economically distressed communities Sheri Lokken Worthy, Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Pamela A. Monroe, and Rachel Welborn
5. Community champions as critical elements of success in economically distressed communities Sheri Lokken Worthy, Laura Downey, Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Pamela A. Monroe, Crystal Tyler-Mackey, and Rachel Welborn
6. Sustainability of community engagement in economically distressed communities Pamela A. Monroe, Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Rachel Welborn, Sheri Lokken Worthy, Catherine H. Lowe, and Natalie J. Pickett
7. The role of the Cooperative Extension Service in the initiative Rachel Welborn, Laura Downey, Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Pamela A. Monroe, Crystal Tyler-Mackey, and Sheri L. Worthy
8. Documenting impacts through Ripple Effect Mapping Rachel Welborn, Laura Downey, Patricia Hyjer Dyk, Pamela A. Monroe, Crystal Tyler-Mackey, and Sheri L. Worthy
9. Strategies and challenges related to tackling poverty in rural communities in the South Sheri Lokken Worthy and Lionel J. Beaulieu
Lionel J. Beaulieu is Director of the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University, USA.
Alice Diebel is a Senior Associate at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation, focusing on deliberative democracy and community development.