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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.

The Future of Community Development
The Future of Community Development

The community development field faces numerous obstacles that need to be addressed if we are to be successful in the future. Edward Blakely (1989) has argued that among the most important issues are the uncoupling of production from place, the lack of community consciousness, and the loss of community institutions. The production process is tied less to place and is now evolving into a global production process that is increasingly mobile. As a result, large corporations are less committed to places and workers. The effects of globalization on community development, however, may be somewhat overstated. Place still matters. Most businesses are not very mobile because they are tied to their suppliers and customers in their ...

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