• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

The Handbook of Community Practice is the first volume in this field, encompassing community development, organizing, planning, and social change, and the first community practice text that provides in-depth treatment of globalization—including its impact on communities in the United States and in international development work.  The Handbook is grounded in participatory and empowerment practice including social change, social and economic development, feminist practice, community-collaboratives, and engagement in diverse communities.  It utilizes the social development perspective and employs analyses of persistent poverty, policy practice, and community research approaches as well as providing strategies for advocacy and social and legislative action.

Chapter 7: Development Theory and Community Practice

Development Theory and Community Practice
Development theory and community practice

Effective community practice depends not only on professional skills but also on knowledge and values. Knowledge provides a testable basis for action, whereas values define desirable goals and the best ways to attain them. Both knowledge and values are, in turn, influenced by social science theory. Theory shapes ...

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