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It Comes from the People : Community Development and Local Theology - Mary Ann Hinsdale

It Comes from the People

Community Development and Local Theology

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The closing of local mines and factories collapsed the economic and social structure of Ivanhoe, Virginia, a small, rural town once considered a dying community "on the rough side of the mountain." Documenting the creative survival techniques developed by Ivanhoe citizens in the aftermath, It Comes from the People tells how this community organized to revitalize the town and demand participation in its future.
Photos, interviews, stories, songs, poems, and scenes from a local theater production tell how this process of rebuilding gradually uncovered the community's own local theology and a growing consciousness of cultural and religious values. A significant aspect of this social transformation in Ivanhoe, as in many rural areas, was the emergence of women as leaders, educators, and organizers, developing new approaches to revive the economy and the people simultaneously.
This book is unusually open about the difficult process faced by outside researchers working with community members to describe community life. It discusses the inherent dilemmas frankly and presents a model for those who engage in community studies and ethnographic research.

Introductionp. 1
The Community Development Process: A Case Studyp. 9
Historical Backgroundp. 11
Organizing and Mobilizing the Communityp. 42
Confronting and Using Powerp. 65
Getting Educatedp. 79
Using Culture in Community Developmentp. 102
Leadership and Organizational Developmentp. 127
Insiders, Outsiders, and Participatory Researchp. 153
Local Theology in a Rural Mountain Communityp. 173
Reading and Using the Biblep. 175
Theology from the Peoplep. 209
Ritual and Ethicsp. 234
Emerging Women's Voices: "Unlearning to Not Speak"p. 254
Ministry: Within and Withoutp. 283
The Churches and Community Developmentp. 301
Epiloguep. 327
App. A. Context and Methodologyp. 339
App. B. Scenes and Songs from It Came from Withinp. 349
Notesp. 359
Indexp. 391
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ISBN: 9781566392129
ISBN-10: 1566392128
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 30th May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.64
Weight (kg): 0.57