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The Handbook of Community Practice

The Handbook of Community Practice

Second Edition
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August 2012 | 968 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Second Edition of The Handbook of Community Practice is expanded and updated with a major global focus and serves as a comprehensive guidebook of community practice grounded in social justice and human rights. It utilizes community and practice theories and encompasses community development, organizing, planning, social change, policy practice, program development, service coordination, organizational cultural competency, and community-based research in relation to global poverty and community empowerment. This is also the first community practice text to provide combined and in-depth treatment of globalization and international development practice issues—including impacts on communities in the United States and on international development work. The Handbook is grounded in participatory and empowerment practices, including social change, social and economic development, feminist practice, community-collaborative, and engagement in diverse communities. It utilizes the social development perspective and employs analyses of persistent poverty, asset development, policy practice, and community research approaches as well as providing strategies for advocacy and social and legislative action.

The handbook consists of forty chapters which challenge readers to examine and assess practice, theory, and research methods. As it expands on models and approaches, delineates emerging issues, and connects policy and practice, the book provides vision and strategies for local to global community practice in the coming decades.

The handbook will continue to stand as the central text and reference for comprehensive community practice, and will be useful for years to come as it emphasizes direction for positive change, new developments in community approaches, and focuses attention on globalization, human rights, and social justice. It will continue to be used as a core text for multiple courses within programs, will have long term application for students of community practice, and will provide practitioners with new grounding for development, planning, organizing, and empowerment and social change work.

Marie Weil, Mary L. Ohmer, Michael Reisch
Introduction- Communities: Contexts and Challenges for the 21st Century
William Brueggeman
History and Context for Community Practice
Michael Reisch
Community Practice Challenges in the Global Economy
Michael Reisch, Jim Ife, Marie Weil
Social Justice, Human Rights, Values, and Community Practice
Robert J. Chaskin
Theories of Community
Marie Weil, Mary L. Ohmer
Applying Practice Theories in Community Work
Marie Weil, Dorothy N. Gamble, Mary L. Ohmer
Evolution, Models and the Changing Context of Community Practice
Lakshmi Lingam
Development Theories and Community Development Practice: Trajectory of Changes
Dorothy Gamble, Marie D. Hoff
Sustainable Community Development
Mary L. Ohmer, Fred Brooks, III
The Practice of Community Organizing: Comparing and Contrasting Conflict and Consensus Approaches
Rinku Sen
New Theory for New Constituencies: Contemporary Organizing in Communities of Color
Marie Weil
Social Planning with Communities: Theory & Practice
Jon Simon Sager
Larger Scale Social Planning; Planning for Services, Communities and Regions
Dorothy N. Gamble
Participatory Methods in Community Practice
Jacqueline Mondros
Political, Social and Legislative Action
Michael Reisch
Radical Community Organizing
Terry Mizrahi, Beth Rosenthal, Jan Ivery
Coalitions, Collaborations and Partnerships: Interorganizational Approaches to Social Change
Bruce Jansson, Gretchen Heidemann, Jacquelyn McCroskey, Ralph Fertig
Eight Models of Policy Practice: Local, State, National, and International Arenas
Patricia St. Onge
Cultural Competency: Organizations and Diverse Populations
Lorraine Gutierrez, Edith Lewis, Adrienne Dessel, Mike Spencer
Principles, Skills, and Practice Strategies for Promoting Multicultural Communication and Collaboration
Iris Carlton-LaNey, Yolanda Burwell, Craig White
Rural Community Practice: Organizing, Planning, and Development
Alice B. Gates, David Dobbie
Renewing Social Work's Commitment to Workplace Justice
David Feehan, Marvin D. Feit, Carol Becker
Community Economic and Social Development in a Changing World
Tracy Soska, Robert J. Fiekema
Comprehensive Community Building at a Crossroads in Civil Society
Margaret Brodkin
Creating a Model Children's Service System: Lessons from San Francisco
Melvin Delgado, Lee Staples
Youth-Led Organizing, Community Engagement, and Opportunity Creation
Joan Pennell, Gabrielle Maxwell, Jessalyn Nash
Restorative Justice and Youth Offending
Richard J. Estes
Global Change and Indicators of Social Development
Gina Agnes N. Chowa, Rainier De Vera Masa, Michael Sherraden, Marie Weil
Confronting Global Poverty: Building Economic Opportunity and Social Inclusion
Manohar Pawar
International Community Practice: Local-Global Issues and Strategies
Monica Marie Alzate, Janki Andharia, Gina Agnes N. Chowa, Marie Weil, Alison Doernberg
Women and Leadership in Development, Planning, and Organizing
Mark Samples, Michael J. Austin
The Role of Human Service Nonprofits in Promoting Community Building
Scott A. Killough
Building Local Capacity for Rural Development: Experiences from World Neighbors
Terry L. Cross, Barbara Friesen
Developing Cultural Compentence and Youth- and Family- Driven Services in Systems of Care
Jenneth Carpenter, Patrick Sullivan
In Search of the System: Adult Mental Health
F. Ellen Netting, Mary Katherine O'Connor
Program Planning and Implementation: Designing Responses to Address Community Needs
Armand Lauffer
Fundraising and Community Practice: A Stakeholder Model
Mary L. Ohmer, Joanne L. Sobeck, Samantha N. Teixeria, John M. Wallace, Valerie B. Shapiro
Community-Based Research: Rationale, Methods, Roles and Considerations for Community Practice
Dick Schoech
Community Practice in the Digital Age
Amy Hillier, Dennis Culhane
GIS Applications and Administrative Data to Support Community Change

Comprehensive and targets subject areas

Ms Jan Selander
School Of Social Work, Aurora University
July 4, 2015

This book addresses some very important issues that serves to enhance critical community practice, knowledge and skills.

Miss Monica Miller
Sociology/Social Work Unit, University of Guyana
October 14, 2014

This book is fantastic: it has all the theoretical readings that are necessary, has some great international focus, and doesn't "dumb it down" for students. Love it.

Professor Jacob Lesniewski
GSSW, Dominican University
May 28, 2014

Too large for single class on community develop. Great library resource.

Dr David Rothwell
Social Work, McGill Univ
March 14, 2014

good materials for integrated practice students

Professor Julia Kleinschmit
School Of Social Work, University of Iowa
October 21, 2013

Chose a more Thorough text

Dr Martha Low
Behavioral Sciences, Winston - Salem State University
February 22, 2013

My sales rep Julie went out of the way to get me review copies and advance proofs so that I could see the text before it was published. Since I know the editors and many of the authors, I knew that it would include the best scholarship on community practice available to date. I hope to be asked to write a chapter for the next edition!

Dr Richard Smith
School Of Social Work, Wayne State University
September 12, 2012
Key features


  • Reorganized and reworked Second Edition, complete with the addition of 25 new chapters, to present a strong global perspective including knowledge and theory and practice examples from the Global South and North
  • Strong emphasis on theory, with specific chapters on Theories of Community and Applying Practice Theory in multiple contexts and at multiple levels of intervention, as well as examination of specific theory areas including development theory, organizing theory, social change theory, and the application of theory to examine and guide practice in specific areas
  • Emphasis on values for community practice with a strong focus on social justice and human rights
  • Analysis of community practice challenges in the global economy through specific chapters and as integral aspects of work in particular arenas of practice
  • Expanded emphasis on empowerment practice and new chapters on multicultural communication, organizational cultural competency, and organizing diverse communities
  • Coverage of macro, planning, and policy practice methodologies as well as national and international issues related to policy and macro-practice
  • Two new chapters on social planning, one focused on planning with communities and one on larger scale planning—both of which emphasize comparative planning examples from multiple nations
  • New chapters on Confronting Global Poverty and International Community Practice
  • Edited and authored by leading international experts
  • Global perspective frames entire volume, which is designed to be useful in multiple nations in both the Global South and North. The models and practice methods employed throughout the text offer practice examples from many nations and emphasize mutual learning.


  • At 40 chapters, this is the most comprehensive book on community practice ever published.
  • The handbook provides the only "state-of-the-art," cutting-edge presentation of the full range of Community Practice.
  • Several chapters in the handbook address management, and community building issues, including coalitions, use of administrative data, service and system coordination, program development, community needs assessment and research, fundraising, and use of technology. Specific chapters are also devoted to service development for children, youth, and families; rural and urban practice; and issues related to restorative justice and youth and family empowerment.
  • The handbook provides the social work macro-practice companion to the Social Work Direct Practice Handbook. The two volumes together comprise the range of social work practice. The handbook also relates closely to the Handbook of Social Policy and The Handbook of Social Work Management.
  • The handbook is the first comprehensive book on community practice that utilizes the Development Perspective (Social, Economic, and Sustainable) and applies this perspective and community practice methods and approaches to practice in the United States and other nations, and in international development work. The handbook also gives attention to: the changing demographics in the United States, population movements and refugees across the world, and the needs for practice with emerging communities worldwide.
  • The handbook presents new approaches to theory and to connecting theory and research to practice.
  • All of the chapters were written specifically for this volume.

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