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Developing Communities for the Future : 4th Edition - Susan Kenny

Developing Communities for the Future

4th Edition


Published: 4th November 2010
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Australian Catholic University - Banyo
Charles Darwin University - Darwin
Charles Sturt University - Wagga Wagga
Deakin University - Geelong
Edith Cowan University - Joondalup
James Cook University - Cairns
Monash University -Caulfield
Queensland University of Technology - Kelvin Grove
Think Education Group
University of New England - Armidale
University of New South Wales - Kensington
University of Western Australia

Product Description

Developing Communities for the Future provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory, processes and practices of community development. It offers insights into the challenges and dilemmas of this demanding field and considers the ways in which it can empower citizens. Engaging case studies illustrate how community development practitioners operate in everyday situations.

This new edition keeps pace with recent shifts in theories and the economic, social, cultural and political contexts within which community development takes place, showing how such changes are influencing practice. Throughout it highlights cutting-edge issues such as green approaches, social inclusion, working with Indigenous communities, and government over-regulation. Overall, this valuable text demonstrates the dynamic nature of the field and how practitioners can help communities respond to the current challenges they face.


  • Case studies throughout demonstrates the practices of community development in real-life situations
  • Chapter Overviews give you a quick snapshot of the material you are about to cover
  • Key terms are marked in bold to highlight key concepts and help you quickly find important terminology
  • Summary points and list of key terms at the end of chapters are a great study tool for reviewing the content
  • End-of-chapter exercises help you to consolidate your knowledge and reflect on what you have learned

New to this Edition
  • New case studies throughout

  • Extended discussion of green issues, including environmental and participatory justice, Fair Trade and relocalisation and how they relate to community development.

  • More detailed discussion of theories of control and regulation, including governance issues and the regulatory framework affecting community development.

  • Discussion throughout of the 2010 Productivity commission report about the contribution of the not-for-profit sector

  • Updated discussion of the political and public policy context of community development

  • New Weblinks section at the end of chapters

  • Extended discussion of the idea of development

  • Discussion of new meanings of community such as virtual communities

  • NEW discussion of corporate social responsibility

  • Extended discussion of the surveillance state

  • Extended discussion of participation and NEW discussion of social inclusion

  • More on social entrepreneurship

  • Discussion of new tools for activism, including the use of new media

  • NEW discussion of working with Indigenous communities

  • Updated discussion on the challenges, difficulties and dilemmas in community development

  • Updated discussion of future directions for community development

  • NEW companion website for students

  • For instructors, the artwork in the text is available for use in your presentations or student handouts.

About the Author

Susan Kenny is Emeritus Professor in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching and researching community development and is known nationally and internationally for her strong track record of research, publications and consultancies in the inter-related fields of community development, capacity building, active citizenship, NGO development, local self-determination and governance.



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    Table of Contents

    Part 1: Background and basics
    1. The nature of community development
    2. The context
    3. Theoretical perspectives and concepts
    4. The role of the state

    Part 2: Processes and practices
    5. Practical foundations
    6. Community organisations
    7. Activities and practices
    8. Understanding and responding to difference
    9. Funding and research

    Part 3: Critiques and contradictions
    10. Difficulties and dilemmas
    11. Challenges for the twenty-first century

    Appendix: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

    ISBN: 9780170186704
    ISBN-10: 0170186709
    Audience: Tertiary; University or College
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 448
    Published: 4th November 2010
    Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 25.2 x 18.9  x 2.5
    Edition Number: 4
    Edition Type: Revised