Community: A Contemporary Analysis of Policies, Programs, and Practices
Published: November 2011© 2011
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 128 Pages
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
128 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in
Ebook - PDF
What has led organizations, and particularly Western governments, to take such an interest in community, and why this interest now? What has caused the increasing acceptance of community as the primary vehicle through which a wide variety of government programs and services should be delivered? And what has this shift of focus meant for those living and working in communities?
Using real-life case studies that include affordable housing and environmental and crime-prevention initiatives, Community is the perfect primer for understanding the theoretical and practical elements of contemporary community policies and practices, ideal for those working, or training to work, at the local level.
1. Bringing Community Back In?
2. Why Community? Why Now?
3. Identifying Community: Putting the Neoliberal Agenda into Action
4. Can the Neoliberal State Set the Agenda? The Challenges of Power and Politics
5. The Consequences of Neoliberal Funding Regimes
Finally, a text I can use in my introduction to community class. Kelly and Caputo have written an accessible book that does not lose the complexity of the concept of community, and does not celebrate community, but situates its role in the context of the transition to neoliberalism. Case studies complement the critical analysis. Eric Shragge, School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University
This text offers Canadian undergraduate and graduate students a succinct, lucid, and readily accessible account of the effects of neoliberalism on the attempt to utilize 'community' as a solution to so many contemporary Canadian problems. Written at a time when global crises may well augur dramatic change, whether it be further 'responsibilization' or more overt centralization, this is a very timely contribution. In many ways, it is a model text, certainly one to be highly recommended to faculty members for adoption and to students for careful consideration. Kit Carson, University of Melbourne