Building Community Capacity
Robert J. Chaskin
Transaction Publishers - Social Science - 268 pages
This book focuses on a gap in current social work practice theory: community change. Much work in this area of macro practice, particularly around "grassroots" community organizing, has a somewhat dated feel to it, is highly ideological in orientation, or suffers from superficiality, particularly in the area of theory and practical application. Set against the context of an often narrowly constructed "clinical" emphasis on practice education, coupled with social work's own current rendering of "scientific management," community practice often takes second or third billing in many professional curricula despite its deep roots in the overall field of social welfare.
Drawing on extensive case study data from three significant community-building initiatives, program data from numerous other community capacity-building efforts, key informant interviews, and an excellent literature review, Chaskin and his colleagues draw implications for crafting community change strategies as well as for creating and sustaining the organizational infrastructure necessary to support them. The authors bring to bear the perspectives of a variety of professional disciplines including sociology, urban planning, psychology, and social work.
Building Community Capacity takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to a subject of wide and current concern: the role of neighborhood and community structures in the delivery of human services or, as the authors put it, "a place where programs and problems can be fitted together." Social work scholars and students of community practice seeking new conceptual frameworks and insights from research to inform novel community interventions will find much of value in Building Community Capacity.
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Strategies for Building Community Capacity
The Meaning of Leadership
Strategies for Building Leadership
The Role of Community Organizing
Collaborations Partnerships and Organisational Networks
Impetus and Rationale
Strategies for Building Organizational Collaboration
Core Issues and Emerging Lessons
The Importance of Collaboration
Conclusion Possibilities Limitations and Next Steps
Challenges for Leadership Development Programs
Leadership Development and Community Capacity
Roles of Organizations in the Community
Strategies to Foster Organizational Development
Relationship Between Organizational Development and Community Capacity