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Introduction to Community Development: Theory, Practice, and Service-Learning

by Jerry W Robinson, Jr and Gary Paul Green SAGE Publications, Inc
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Historical context, theoretical grounding, critical issues perspective, and the “how-to” for community development

This collection of work by leading community development scholars presents students with a theoretical and practical introduction to the field. The text progresses seamlessly from a theoretical overview to a historical overview to three approaches to community development (ecological, interactional, and structural-functional), then explores the practice of community development along with technical assistance, action research, evaluation research, and the role of local organizations, local leadership, and coalitions. The book concludes with critical issues, such as rural development, inner-city development, youth in community development, health care, public schools, and sustainable development.

Key features include:
-New community development intervention models, using examples from recent events to demonstrate the strengths and challenges of such models
-Community service-learning activities, providing useful examples and case studies of successful service-learning programs in communities
-A hierarchy of learning activities and exercises within each chapter, ensuring that students learn how to apply concepts to real-world issues
-Relevant cases of successful community development interventions, giving students examples of 'best practices'
-Major trends, challenges, and prospects for the future in community development, helping students identify key issues and opportunities
Accompanied by effective teaching and learning ancillaries at

-Instructor Teaching Site: Password-protected resources contain learning modules, developed by the authors, which include exercises and activities which reinforce chapter content, and demonstrate application of concepts in real-life communities.
-Student Study Site: Open-access study materials include chapter self-quizzes to aid content learning.
This comprehensive, introductory survey text is designed for upper-level undergraduate and graduate courses in Community Development, Urban Studies, Rural Development, and Introduction to Service Learning found in departments of sociology, public administration, management, and social work.

Chapter 1. Developing Communities - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and Gary Paul Green
Chapter 2. An Historical View of Community Development - Lorraine E. Garkovich
Chapter 3. Community Development and Natural Landscapes - Alan W. Barton and Theresa Selfa
Chapter 4. The Technical Assistance Approach - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and Frank Fear
Chapter 5. The Self-Help Approach to Community Development - Gary Paul Green
Chapter 6. The Interactional Approach to Community - J.C. Bridger, M. A. Brennan and A.E. Luloff
Chapter 7. The Role of Conflict in Community Develoment - Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. and L. Steven Smutko
Chapter 8. Action Research and Evaluation in Community Develoment - John J. Green and Anna M. Kleiner
Chapter 9. The Role of Leadership Behaviors and Structures in Community Development - Josh Stovall, Jerry W. Robinson, Jr., Albert Nylander and Ralph B. Brown
Chapter 10. Principles of Working Together: Developing Relationships That Support Community Development Initiatives - Janet S.Ayers and Anne Heinze Silvis
Chapter 11. Communities in Rural America: Current Realities and Emerging Strategies - Lionel J. Beaulieu and Glenn D. Israel
Chapter 12. Community Development Challenges of Inner-City Neighborhoods - Jeffrey S. Lowe and William M. Harris, Sr.
Chapter 13. Engaging Youth in Community Development - Wendy Wheeler and Ana Maria Thomas
Chapter 14. Health: A New Community Development Challenge - Lois Wright Morton and Nina Glasgow
Chapter 15. Schools and Community Development - Kai A. Schafft and Hobart L. Harmon
Chapter 16. Sustainable Communities: Sustainability and Community Development - Jerry Hembd and Jane Silberstein
Chapter 17. Globalization and Community Development: Synergy or Disintegration - Paulette Meikle and Gary Paul Green
Chapter 18. Emerging Issues in Community Development - Gary Paul Green and Jerry W. Robinson, Jr.

Jerry W. Robinson, Jr. is Distinguished Professor of Rural Sociology, Emeritus at Delta State University (DSU) and Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 1994, Robinson accepted an endowed Chair in Economic and Community Development at DSU. At Delta State, he founded the Center for Community and Economic Development. He is known around the world for his creativity in developing and leading practical and multi-disciplinary programs in human relations, organizational development, and leadership and community development. He has written a dozen books on organizational development, human relations, stress and wellness, leadership and community development, and traffic safety. His research has been published in The ABA Journal, American Sociological Review, The Economic Development Review, The Community Development Journal, Rural Sociology, and Social Forces.

Gary Paul Green is professor of rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and co-director of the Center for Community & Economic Development at the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Green received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research and outreach at the University of Wisconsin has focused on community, workforce and economic development issues. He is author of Finance Capital and Uneven Development (Westview Press) and Workforce Development Networks in Rural Areas: Building the High Road (Edward Elgar Publishing) and a co-editor of Amenities and Rural Development: Theory, Methods and Public Policy (Edward Elgar Publishing). He has served as an advisor on community development issues in New Zealand, South Korea, Uganda and Ukraine.