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Mobilizing Communities

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Mobilizing Communities

Asset Building as a Community Development Strategy
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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.

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.

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  • Gary Paul Green is Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author, most recently, of Workforce Development Networks in Rural Areas: Building the High Road.

Table of Contents-
  • 1. Community Assets: Building the Capacity for Development – Gary Paul Green

    2. Investing in the Double Bottom Line: Growing Financial Institutions in Native Communities – Sarah Dewees and Stewart Sarkozy- Banoczy

    3. Asset- Based Community Development in Alabama's Black Belt: Seven Strategies for Building a Diverse Community Movement – Emily Blejwas

    4. The Politics of Protected Areas: Environmental Capital and Community Confl ict in Guatemala – Michael L. Dougherty and Rocío Peralta

    5. Linking Cultural Capital Conceptions to Asset- Based Community Development – Rhonda Phillips and Gordon Shockley

    6. Neighborhood Approaches to Asset Mobilization: Building Chicago's West Side – John P. Kretzmann and Deborah Puntenney

    7. Natural Amenities and Asset- Based Development in Rural Communities – Gary Paul Green

    8. Implementing Community Development in the Mississippi Delta: The Effect of Organizations on Resident Participation – Mark H. Harvey and Lionel J. Beaulieu

    9. Lessons Learned – Gary Paul Green

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    Index

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  • —John Gruidl, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, Western Illinois University "Mobilizing Communities is a collection of interesting case studies that are rich in detail about the process of community development in places such as Guatemala, Alabama, and West Chicago. What these wide-ranging places have in common is using assets as the basis for sustainable development. There are relatively few books containing case studies in community development and, in particular that focus on assets, which makes this book unique, new, and valuable to community development academics and practitioners."
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