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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.

Cultural Capital
Cultural Capital

The arts are an important part of many communities with music festivals, craft fairs, theater, dance, and many other events and activities. A recent survey of public participation in the arts found wide variation depending on the type of activity, including 71% of U.S. adults participating in arts consumption through electronic media, 49% attending visual or performing arts, and 7% being involved in arts learning through classes or lessons (National Endowment for the Arts, 2013). The arts and cultural activities with the highest level of participation were visiting museums and attending musical concerts and plays. More broadly, a community’s cultural resources, such as historic buildings, archaeological sites, museums, farmers markets, and ethnic festivals, in many ways define and bring identity to ...

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