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A comprehensive approach focused on sustainable change Asset Building and Community Development, Fourth Edition examines the promise and limits of community development by showing students and practitioners how asset-based developments can improve the sustainability and quality of life. Authors Gary Paul Green and Anna Haines provide an engaging, thought-provoking, and comprehensive approach to asset building by focusing on the role of different forms of community capital in the development process. Updated throughout, this text explores how communities are building on their key assets—physical, human, social, financial, environmental, political, and cultural capital— to generate positive change. With a focus on community outcomes, the authors illustrate how development controlled by community-based organizations provides a better match between assets and the needs of the community.

Social Capital
Social Capital

Community development practitioners have long recognized the importance of social relationships in organizing and mobilizing community residents, as well as contributing to successful outcomes. People frequently become involved in community-based organizations (CBOs) because their friends or neighbors are involved or they want to meet new people. Who becomes involved often will shape the direction and the outcomes of the development effort. Similarly, community residents often depend on neighbors and families for assistance, such as borrowing something or offering help. CBOs can help build on these relationships and social ties in their efforts to promote community development.

Social scientists consider these social relationships and ties as a form of capital (referred to as social capital) that facilitates collective action in communities. Investments in ...

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