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Community Building in the Twenty-First Century


Edited by Stanley E. Hyland

“Community” has long been a critical concept for social scientists, and never more so amid the growing economic inequity, natural and human disasters, and warfare of the opening years of the twenty-first century. In this volume, leading scholar-activists develop a conceptual framework for both the theory and practice of building communities. Rethinking the very concept in light of technological change and globalization, they examine local responses to worldwide trends, study the ways that communities generate and use resources, and evaluate existing theories and approaches to community building to determine the best strategies for fostering community strength and vitality. Their work with groups ranging from refugees, religious charities, and poor urban neighborhoods to tribal peoples, international corporations, and public health agencies demonstrates that local communities contain the seeds for a more desirable future and suggests how we may encourage those seeds to grow.

2005. 304 pp., 2 figures, table, notes, references, index, catalogue, 6 x 9

Contributors: Julie Adkins, Marietta Baba, Linda Bennett, Noel Chrisman, Stanley Hyland, Robert Kemper, Anthony Oliver-Smith, Michelle Owens, Jean Schensul, John Van Willigen

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“…[A] valuable addition to the literature…. There is a need for this book among…anthropological practitioners [and] teachers of applied anthropology.”
—Jan English-Lueck, San Jose State University

  1. Introduction
    Stanley E. Hyland and Linda A. Bennett
  2. Community Assets and the Community-Building Process: Historic Perspectives
    John van Willigen
  3. Communities after Catastrophe: Reconstructing the Material, Reconstituting the Social
    Anthony Oliver-Smith
  4. The World as It Should Be: Faith-Based Community Development in America
    Robert V. Kemper and Julie Adkins
  5. Revitalizing Urban Communities through a New Approach to Computer Mapping
    Stanley E. Hyland and Michelle Owens
  6. Virtual Community: An Oxymoron at Work? Creating Community in a Globally Distributed Work Group
    Marietta L. Baba
  7. Community Building for Health
    Noel J. Chrisman
  8. Strengthening Communities through Research Partnerships for Social Change: Perspectives from the Institute for Community Research
    Jean J. Schensul
  9. Community Building in the Twenty-First Century: Implications for Anthropologists
    Stanley E. Hyland
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