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Community Economic Development in Social Work (Foundations of Social Work Knowledge) (Paperback)

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Community economic development (CED) is an increasingly essential factor in the revitalization of low- to moderate-income communities. This cutting-edge text explores the intersection of CED and social work practice, which both focus on the well-being of indigent communities and the empowerment of individuals and the communities in which they live.

This unique textbook emphasizes a holistic approach to community building that combines business and real-estate development with a focus on stimulating family self-reliance and community empowerment. The result is an innovative approach to rehabilitating communities in decline while preserving resident demographics. The authors delve deep into the social, political, human, and financial capital involved in effecting change and how race and regional issues can complicate approaches and outcomes. Throughout, they integrate case examples to illustrate their strategies and conclude with a consideration of the critical role social workers can play in developing CED's next phase.

About the Author

Steven Soifer, Ph.D., MSW is Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Memphis. He has expertise in a wide array of social welfare and social and economic development and research areas with diverse populations and has taught courses on social and economic development, social research, and community planning. Dr. Soifer has published numerous books, book chapters, and articles on community development, effective models and assessment of cooperatives, land trusts, the housing and banking markets, and policy interventions at the local, state, national, and international levels. Joseph McNeely, MA, JD, is a longtime community development organizer at the grassroots and national level; writes and lectures widely on community economic development; and is currently the executive director of the Central Baltimore Partnership, one of the most powerful community development collaborations in reviving Baltimore. Cathy L. Costa, MSW, MPH, is director of Baltimore for Healthy Babies, which engages more than one hundred community partners in activating Baltimore City's ten-year strategic plan to reduce infant mortality and improve the health of families with young children. At the Family League of Baltimore, she oversees community-based infant mortality reduction programs, social marketing campaigns, and evaluation, and she leads efforts to increase equity in birth and early-childhood outcomes and create trauma-informed service systems for families. Nancy Pickering-Bernheim has been writing professionally for more than two decades on a variety of topics as a published author, featured writer for newspapers and magazines, and a nationally-syndicated blog.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780231133951
ISBN-10: 0231133952
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication Date: November 11th, 2014
Pages: 584
Language: English
Series: Foundations of Social Work Knowledge