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Definitions, History, Elements, and Boundaries

MELVIN DELGADO and DENISE HUMM-DELGADO

in Asset Assessments and Community Social Work Practice

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199735846
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199315864 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199735846.003.0002
Definitions, History, Elements, and Boundaries

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Moving the knowledge base forward on community capacity and asset assessment is hampered by multiple definitions of these concepts. The concept of “assets” is often called by many different names in the literature and in practice, with “capacity” and “capital” being two of the most prominent usages, and this adds to the challenge of developing a body of knowledge to which all relevant professions can contribute in a systematic manner. Although the concept of “capital” has a legion of followers, as is shown later on in this chapter, it, too, has its share of critics. Both perspectives are highlighted in this chapter to allow the reader to make an informed judgment on how best to conceptualize and categorize community assets.

Keywords: history; various concepts of assets; critique; community participation; differences from needs assessment

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