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Developing Communities for the Future : 5th Edition - Susan Kenny

Developing Communities for the Future

5th Edition


Published: 21st October 2016
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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 highlights cutting-edge issues and new technologies that are influencing practice. It demonstrates the dynamic nature of the field and how practitioners can help communities respond to the current challenges they face.

New to the Edition

  • New coverage on how ICTs and social media are changing the ways in which we communicate, see the world and practise community development

  • Updated discussion of the political context, including references to the construction of terrorism and its effects

  • Extended discussion of diversity and community development, especially working with Indigenous communities and LGBTI communities; and updated research on multiculturalism

  • Current challenges and future directions for community development including: the wise use of ICTs and social media; responding to climate change, natural disaster and the mass movements of refuges; and the need for a cosmopolitan ethos

  • Case study exercises at the end of chapters provide starter questions for tutorials and group discussions

  • Revision quizzes on the companion website help students to check their understanding of the material

  • NEW resources for instructors include PowerPoint slides and suggestions for online video activities

About the Authors

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.

Phil Connors is Associate Professor of Humanitarian Studies at Deakin University and Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. He holds a PhD in Community Economic Development and has more than 30 years of experience in practice, teaching and researching community participatory development across many contexts. Phil has conducted field-based research in many countries across Asia and the Pacific, including in Indigenous communities throughout Australia as well as Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

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: Key issues in community development today

10. Difficulties and dilemmas

11. Challenges and opportunities for the twenty-first century

ISBN: 9780170254717
ISBN-10: 0170254712
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 21st October 2016
Publisher: Cengage Learning Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 25.5 x 18.5  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 1.0
Edition Number: 5
Edition Type: Revised