Developing Communities for the Future,
5th Edition

Susan Kenny, Phil Connors

ISBN-13: 9780170254717 | ISBN-10: 0170254712

Copyright 2017

| Published 2016

| 512 pages

List Price USD $83.50


Developing Communities for the Future provides a comprehensive introduction to the theory, processes and practices of community development. It offers insights into the challenges and dilemmas of this demanding field and considers the ways in which it can empower citizens. Engaging case studies illustrate how community development practitioners operate in everyday situations. This new edition highlights cutting-edge issues and new technologies that are influencing practice. It demonstrates the dynamic nature of the field and how practitioners can help communities respond to the current challenges they face.

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Meet the Authors

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Susan Kenny is Emeritus Professor in International and Community Development in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia. She has extensive experience of community development in Australia and internationally. Since the 1970s, as an academic, practitioner, activist and researcher, Susan has observed the continuities and discontinuities in community development theory and practice and the challenges arising from changing social and political landscapes. She has a wide range of journal publications and has co-written and co-edited a number of books on community development in different settings, including The Routledge Handbook of Community Development; Challenging the Third Sector: Global prospects for active citizenship; Rhetorics of Welfare: Uncertainty, Choice and Voluntary Associations; Populism, Democracy and Community Development; Challenging Capacity Building; and Post-Disaster Reconstruction: Lessons from Aceh. Susan has many years’ experience in constructing and teaching community development courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In this sixth edition of Developing Communities, she has been working with Tammy Hand, bringing together her insights from research, practice and teaching to provide an accessible, comprehensive and highly relevant analysis of the contexts, issues and everyday practices of community development, focusing on Australia.

Phil Connors is Associate Professor of Humanitarian Studies at Deakin University and Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Leadership. He holds a PhD in Community Economic Development and has more than 30 years of experience in practice, teaching and researching community participatory development across many contexts. Phil has conducted field-based research in many countries across Asia and the Pacific, including in Indigenous communities throughout Australia as well as Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

  • Extended discussion of diversity and community development, especially working with Indigenous communities and LGBTI communities; and updated research on multiculturalism
  • Case study exercises at the end of chapters provide starter questions for tutorials and group discussions.
  • Revision quizzes on the companion website help students to check their understanding of the material.
  • Current challenges and future directions for community development including: the wise use of ICTs and social media; responding to climate change, natural disaster and the mass movements of refuges; and the need for a cosmopolitan ethos.
  • New coverage on how ICTs and social media are changing the ways in which we communicate, see the world and practise community development.
  • NEW resources for instructors include PowerPoint slides and suggestions for online video activities.
  • Updated discussion of the political context, including references to the construction of terrorism and its effects.
  • A companion website contains resources to help students revise the chapters and explore topics further, including quizzes, online research activities and weblinks.
  • Case studies throughout demonstrate the practices of community development in real-life situations.
  • Recommended weblinks point you towards reputable sources for further information.
  • Summary points and list of key terms at the end of chapters are a great study tool for reviewing the content.
  • Chapter Overviews give you a quick snapshot of the material you are about to cover.
  • End-of-chapter exercises help you to consolidate your knowledge and reflect on what you have learned.

Table of Contents

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Part 1: Background and basics
1. The nature of community development
2. The context
3. Theoretical perspectives and concepts
4. The role of the state

Part 2: Processes and practices
5. Practical foundations
6. Community organisations
7. Activities and practices
8. Understanding and responding to difference
9. Funding and research

Part 3: Key issues in community development today
10. Difficulties and dilemmas
11. Challenges and opportunities for the twenty-first century

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

Powerpoint Slides for Kenny Developing Communities for the Future

Slides focus on the main concepts covered in each chapter. Created by specialists in this area, every key point in the textbook is examined. Picture, graphs and videos are included where appropriate. Edit and amend to suit your own requirements.

Artwork from Kenny Developing Communities for the Future

Digital files of graphs, tables, pictures and flow charts from the text that can be used in a variety of media. Add them into your lectures, use in student handouts and include in your LMS.

Developing Communities for the Future - Student Companion Website

A companion website for students provides resources to help them revise the chapters and explore topics further. It includes revision quizzes, online research activities and weblinks.

Instructor's Manual for Kenny Developing Communities for the Future

A wealth of content to help set up and administer your subject. Created by senior academics teaching in this area, the Instructor Manual reinforces key points from the textbook, with discussion points and tips, learning objectives, chapter outlines, key points, teaching tips and materials, ideas on how to use online teaching resources and solutions to all questions and problems from the text.

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Developing Communities for the Future

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