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Renewing Hope within Neighborhoods of Despair
The Community-Based Development Model
Renewing Hope within Neighborhoods of Despair
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Herbert J. Rubin - Author
SUNY series in Urban Public Policy
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Hardcover - 320 pages
Release Date: April 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4553-4
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4553-2

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Release Date: April 2000
ISBN10: 0-7914-4554-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-4554-9

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Honorable Mention: 2003 Paul Davidoff Award presented by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning

Builds upon the narratives of community development activists to describe how they bring about affordable, quality housing, commercial opportunities and empowerment within poor areas.

Renewing Hope within Neighborhoods of Despair
builds upon narratives provided by leaders of community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to describe how they bring about affordable, quality housing, commercial opportunities, and employment within poor areas. The book illustrates both the obstacles CBDOs face and how these obstacles are overcome, in part by leveraging resources for social change projects from foundations, government and intermediaries. Guiding the effort of the developmental activists is an organic theory that explains what can and should be accomplished. The material extends new institutionalism models of inter-organizational behavior.

"Renewing Hope within Neighborhoods of Despair is an extraordinarily valuable book that is well situated within the scholarly literature and speaks to what is now a hot debate: what is the potential of community-based development organizations (CBDOs) to revitalize inner cities? No one has gathered this kind of ethnographic data on what exactly developmental activists do, how they view their activities, and how they attempt to surmount the contradictory pressures that press in on them. The book is a fascinating argument that those who control the resources do not necessarily control the agenda. As such, it is good medicine for a very cynical age." - Todd Swanstrom, coauthor of City Politics: Private Power and Public Policy

"I like the comprehensive nature of this book. It truly covers A to Z on this topic, something that has not been done to my knowledge. It is important, very innovative, and exciting." - Edward G. Goetz, coeditor of The New Localism: Comparative Urban Politics in a Global Era

Herbert J. Rubin is Professor of Sociology at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Applied Social Research and The Dynamics of Development in Rural Thailand and coauthor (with Irene Rubin) of Qualitative Interviewing: The Art of Hearing Data and Community Organizing and Development.


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Table of Contents

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Preface

1. Working in the Niche: The Community-Based Development Model

2. Negotiating an Environment for Community Renewal

3. Confronting Ideological Tensions

4. Responding to the Public Sector

5. Interacting with Intermediaries, Foundations, and Other Support Organizations

6. Being a Conscience and a Carpenter: An Organic Theory of Community-based Development

7. The Art of Leveraging

8. Building a Movement by Creating an Industry

9. Creating a Common Culture within the Community Development Movement

10. Traditional and Coalition Advocacy

11. Structuring Complex Interorganizational Systems

Appendix: Learning to Hear and Hearing to Learn: Discussions of Research Methodology

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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