An Introduction to Community Development by Rhonda Phillips

By Rhonda Phillips

Entire and functional, this textbook permits scholars to attach educational examine knowledge, and demonstrates how one can top plan the rebuilding, revitalization and improvement of groups using a large choice of financial and strategic instruments. good points comprise; bankruptcy outlines, textual content containers, key terms and references.В 

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As mentioned previously, community can refer to a location (communities of place) or a collection of individuals with a common interest or tie whether in close proximity or widely separated (communities of interest). A review of the literature conducted by Mattessich and Monsey (2004) found many definitions of community such as: People who live within a geographically defined area and who have social and psychological ties with each other and with the place where they live. (Mattessich and Monsey 2004: 56) A grouping of people who live close to one another and are united by common interests and mutual aid.

In today’s dynamic global economy, maintaining the status quo is rarely an option – either a community moves itself forward or by default moves backward. CASE STUDY: TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI From agriculture to manufacturing to auto assembly Tupelo-Lee County, Mississippi, is often cited as a prime example of community transformation. , Grisham 1999). Tupelo transformed itself from a community heavily reliant on agriculture and garment industry jobs into a dynamic, growing community with thousands of skilled manufacturing jobs.

And Haines, A. (2002) Asset Building and Community Development, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. L. (1999) Tupelo: The Evolution of a Community, Washington, DC: Kettering Foundation Press. Haughton, G. (1999) Community Economic Development, London: The Stationery Office. Hautekeur, G. (2005) “Community Development in Europe,” Community Development Journal, 40(4): 385–398. Huie, J. (1976) “What Do We Do About it? – A Challenge to the Community Development Profession,” Journal of the Community Development Society, 6(2): 14–21.

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