Celebrating Urban Community Life: Fairs, Festivals, Parades, and Community Practice
Communal celebrations bring out the best in us, offering a place for people to come together and take a break from the routines of daily life. They are a vital aspect of city life and are increasingly popular as an urban development strategy.
Celebrating Urban Community Life is a comprehensive guide to understanding and enhancing communal celebrations as a source of community capital. Drawing on case studies from New York, San Francisco, and Toronto, Melvin Delgado discusses the many ways in which fairs, festivals, and parades can enhance communal life. Providing a framework for social scientists, urban planners, and social workers to analyse and foster celebrations that benefit urban populations, the book is a valuable resource for those with an interest in this growing area of academic and practical interest.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 312 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.8in x 9.0in
‘This well documented, interesting book makes a valuable contribution to social work, sociology, and anthropology of urban community dynamics…. Highly recommended.’
Choice Magazine vol 54:05:2017
"This is an enjoyable and interesting book that helps to bridge the gap between the academy and practitioner. It is a significant contribution to the study of community events in urban settings."
Harris Beider, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
"Delgado is easily among our most productive scholars. With this book, he brings urban celebrations into community practice as a subject of study and field of practice and, in so doing, provides us with another tool for our toolkit."
Barry Checkoway, School of Social Work, University of Michigan
Author InformationMelvin Delgado is a professor in the School of Social Work at Boston University.
Table of contents
Section 1: Setting the Context
2. An Overview of Community Celebratory Event
3. Evaluation of Community Celebratory Events
4. Conceptualization of a Community Capacity Enhancement Assets Paradigm
Section 2: Community Celebratory Events
Section 3: Case Examples
8. Fair Case Example: The Chinatown Health Fair (N.Y.C.)
9. Festival Case Example: Lunar New Year Festival (San Francisco’s Chinatown)
10. Toronto Parade Case Examples (Portuguese, Hispanic & Pride)
Section 4: Reflections on Community Celebratory Events
11. Select Knowledge and Competencies for Community Practice and Celebratory Events
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