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Mobilizing Communities: Asset Building as a Community Development Strategy

Mobilizing Communities: Asset Building as a Community Development Strategy - 10 edition

ISBN13: 978-1439900864

ISBN13: 978-1439900864
ISBN10: 1439900868
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 10
Publisher: Temple University Press
Published: 2010
International: No

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Mobilizing Communities: Asset Building as a Community Development Strategy - 10 edition

ISBN13: 978-1439900864

Gary Paul Green

ISBN13: 978-1439900864
ISBN10: 1439900868
Cover type: Hardback
Edition/Copyright: 10
Publisher: Temple University Press

Published: 2010
International: No
Summary

As communities face new social and economic challenges as well as political changes, the responsibilities for social services, housing needs, and welfare programs are being placed at the local government level. But can community-based organizations address these concerns effectively? The editors and contributors to "Mobilizing Communities" explore how these organizations are responding to these challenges, and how asset-based development efforts can be successful. Asset-based development, rather than needs assessment, has become a new paradigm in the community development field over the last fifteen years. Although the approach is widely used by practitioners and promoted by foundations, asset-based development has not been examined critically by researchers until now. "Mobilizing Communities" provides a conceptual framework and practical guidance to community development practitioners. The editors solicited case studies from a variety of geographic settings, regions and racial/ethnic groups. The communities in the case studies mobilize residents around different forms of community capital (e.g., financial, cultural, and environmental capital). The contributors examine the role of public participation, the organizational and institutional structure, relationships with governmental officials, and the outcomes and impacts of the asset-based development projects. Contributors include: Lionel J. 'Bo' Beaulieu, Emily Blejwas, Sarah Dewees, Michael L. Dougherty, Mark H. Harvey, John (Jody) Kretzmann, Rocio Peralta, Rhonda Phillips, Deborah Puntenney, Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Gordon E. Shockley, and the editors. (edited by author)

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