Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
This case describes an effort toward asset-based community development with an ‘underprivileged’ neighbourhood, including the responsive steps taken to deal with the realities and challenges of community change efforts. Through participant observation and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, including residents and external supports, this paper examines changes in community activity in association with their newly formed community centre. Through analysis of the community’s challenges four ‘enabling conditions’ necessary for community development are identified including: balancing relationships with issues; effective ‘citizen space’; maintenance of relationships and communication; and community readiness. These key lessons include ongoing considerations of patience, flexibility, and responsiveness that are necessary throughout the development of change efforts. Implications for informing community development work in similar communities are discussed.
Killing Wood, Suzanne, "Asset-Based Community Development: A Case Study" (2008). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 902.