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Asset Building & Community Development

Asset Building & Community Development

Fourth Edition
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June 2015 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
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. 
Chapter 1: The Role of Assets in Community-Based Development
Whither Community?  
Growth Versus Development  
People Versus Place  
Capacity Building  
Community Sustainability  
The Challenge of Regionalism  
Asset Building  
Public Participation  
The Role of Community-Based Organizations  
Models of Community Development  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 2: A History of Community Development in America
The Evolution of Community Development  
Recurring Issues in Community Development  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 3: Community Sustainability
What Is Community Sustainability?  
Why Sustainability?  
The History of Sustainability  
Approaches to Sustainability  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 4: The Community Development Process
Community Organizing  
Public Participation  
Planning Models, Techniques, and Process Steps  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 5: The Role of Community-Based Organizations
Community Development Corporations  
Local Development Corporations  
Neighborhood Associations  
Community Youth Organizations  
Faith-Based Organizations  
Community Foundations  
International Nongovernmental Organizations  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 6: Human Capital
Workforce Development Issues  
Key Concepts and Debates  
CBOs and Workforce Development  
Context for Workforce Development  
Key Actors and Institutions  
Local Labor Market Data  
Developing Goals and Strategies  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 7: Social Capital
Social Capital Definition and Issues  
Key Concepts and Debates  
CBOs and Social Capital  
Social Capital and Ethnic Enclaves  
Social Capital and Local Economic Development  
Assessing Social Capital  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 8: Physical Capital
Housing Issues  
Key Concepts and Debates  
A History of Federal Housing Policy  
The Role of CBOs in Housing Provision  
The Impact of CBOs  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 9: Financial Capital
Financial Capital Issues  
Key Concepts and Debates  
Community Credit Institutions  
Context for Community Credit Institutions  
Key Actors and Institutions  
Community Economic Development Finance  
Predatory Lending  
Individual Development Accounts  
Assessing Local Credit Markets  
Strategies for Building Local Credit Markets  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 10: Environmental Capital
Forms of Environmental Capital  
Land Use and Environmental Capital  
The Roles of Government and the Market  
Community-Based Organizations  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 11: Political Capital
Key Concepts and Debates  
Community-Based Organization and Political Capital  
Community Collaboration and Political Capital  
Deliberative Democracy as Political Capital  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 12: Cultural Capital
Cultural Capital Definition and Issues  
Key Concepts and Debates  
Culture and Place  
Government and CBOs in Cultural Capital  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 13: Food, Energy, and Community
Local Food Systems and Community  
Types of Local Food Systems  
Energy and Local Sustainability  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 14: Natural Disasters and Climate Change: The Role of Community Assets
What Are Natural Disasters?  
What Creates Natural Disasters?  
Responses to Natural Disasters  
The Role of Community-Based Organizations  
Summary and Conclusions  
Chapter 15: The Future of Community Development
Fulfilling the Promise of Community-Based Development  
Local Versus External Initiation of Community Development  
Community-Based Organizations and International Development  
An Agenda for Promoting Community Development in America  
Summary and Conclusions  


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  • Exam questions created by Gary Paul Green include three exams with essay questions and, for each chapter, additional multiple-choice questions.  This resource provides you with pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank created by Gary Paul Green is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains several multiple choice questions for each chapter, as well as the three essay-based exams, and the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class exercises that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • Web resources from the textbook are included for further research and insights.


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“Green and Haines provide community development practitioners with the tools to engage the public in the development of their communities and neighborhoods.”

Robert Blair
University of Nebraska Omaha

“Easy to read and comprehend, the book keeps up with the new data and materials and therefore a must read for anyone engaged in community and economic development.”

Moe Chowdhury
Jackson State University

“The collection of readings brings community development and practice alive.”

Eva M. Moya
University of Texas at El Paso

This is a very well structured book providing a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical framework underpinning asset based community development. The coherence enables an evidence base for community planning in an accessible format for level 5-6 students.

Ms Jodie Low
Applied Social and Community Studies, Derby University
July 15, 2016

A useful book providing a considered and comprehensive background to asset building in community development, written for the American market, but much of which is applicable in the UK

Lesley Godfrey
Playwork Group, Leeds Beckett University
June 19, 2015

The book present an asset-based approach of the Work with Community. Present the material divided by capital. Is easy to read. Provided resources for students.

Dr Lydia M Lopez-Ruiz
Human and Community Service, Esperanza Clg Of Eastern Univ
March 26, 2015

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