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Community Development

Frances Dunn Butterfoss

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online February 2011 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780199756797-0019
Community Development

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Although its work is continuously redefined by current social issues, community development (CD) is a broad term applied to the values, practices, and academic disciplines of civic leaders, activists, citizens, and professionals to improve local communities. CD empowers individuals and groups to affect change by providing them with skills that build political power and alter their communities’ positions within the context of larger social institutions. CD methods are used at many levels of society and focus on organizational, community-wide, and international campaigns. Because CD work is so broad, this article acknowledges its many approaches, including community-driven economic development, community empowerment and capacity building, social-capital formation, political participatory development, ecologically sustainable development, asset-based community development, community-based participatory research, community building/mobilization, and coalition building and participatory and community-based planning. Since some of these areas are covered elsewhere in Oxford Bibliographies Online, this article will focus more on community development as it relates to community empowerment and capacity building, social capital formation, community building/mobilization, and coalition building and participatory and community-based planning.

Article.  4771 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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