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Asset Building & Community Development

Asset Building & Community Development

Fourth Edition
  • Gary Paul Green - University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Anna Haines - University of Wisconsin, USA, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, USA

April 2015 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
A comprehensive approach focused on sustainable change  

Asset Building and Community Development
, Fourth Edition examines the promise and limits of community development by showing students and practitioners how asset-based developments can improve the sustainability and quality of life. Authors Gary Paul Green and Anna Haines provide an engaging, thought-provoking, and comprehensive approach to asset building by focusing on the role of different forms of community capital in the development process. Updated throughout, this text explores how communities are building on their key assets—physical, human, social, financial, environmental, political, and cultural capital— to generate positive change. With a focus on community outcomes, the authors illustrate how development controlled by community-based organizations provides a better match between assets and the needs of the community. 

Chapter 1: The Role of Assets in Community-Based Development
Whither Community?

Growth Versus Development

People Versus Place

Capacity Building

Community Sustainability

The Challenge of Regionalism

Asset Building

Public Participation

The Role of Community-Based Organizations

Models of Community Development

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 2: A History of Community Development in America
The Evolution of Community Development

Recurring Issues in Community Development

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 3: Community Sustainability
What Is Community Sustainability?

Why Sustainability?

The History of Sustainability

Approaches to Sustainability

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 4: The Community Development Process
Community Organizing

Public Participation

Planning Models, Techniques, and Process Steps

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 5: The Role of Community-Based Organizations
Community Development Corporations

Local Development Corporations

Neighborhood Associations

Community Youth Organizations

Faith-Based Organizations

Community Foundations

International Nongovernmental Organizations

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 6: Human Capital
Workforce Development Issues

Key Concepts and Debates

CBOs and Workforce Development

Context for Workforce Development

Key Actors and Institutions

Local Labor Market Data

Developing Goals and Strategies

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 7: Social Capital
Social Capital Definition and Issues

Key Concepts and Debates

CBOs and Social Capital

Social Capital and Ethnic Enclaves

Social Capital and Local Economic Development

Assessing Social Capital

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 8: Physical Capital
Housing Issues

Key Concepts and Debates

A History of Federal Housing Policy

The Role of CBOs in Housing Provision

The Impact of CBOs

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 9: Financial Capital
Financial Capital Issues

Key Concepts and Debates

Community Credit Institutions

Context for Community Credit Institutions

Key Actors and Institutions

Community Economic Development Finance

Predatory Lending

Individual Development Accounts

Assessing Local Credit Markets

Strategies for Building Local Credit Markets

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 10: Environmental Capital
Forms of Environmental Capital

Land Use and Environmental Capital

The Roles of Government and the Market

Community-Based Organizations

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 11: Political Capital
Key Concepts and Debates


Community-Based Organization and Political Capital

Community Collaboration and Political Capital

Deliberative Democracy as Political Capital

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 12: Cultural Capital
Cultural Capital Definition and Issues

Key Concepts and Debates

Culture and Place

Government and CBOs in Cultural Capital

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 13: Food, Energy, and Community
Local Food Systems and Community

Types of Local Food Systems

Energy and Local Sustainability

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 14: Natural Disasters and Climate Change: The Role of Community Assets
What Are Natural Disasters?

What Creates Natural Disasters?

Responses to Natural Disasters

The Role of Community-Based Organizations

Summary and Conclusions

Chapter 15: The Future of Community Development
Fulfilling the Promise of Community-Based Development

Local Versus External Initiation of Community Development

Community-Based Organizations and International Development

An Agenda for Promoting Community Development in America

Summary and Conclusions



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  • Exam questions created by Gary Paul Green include three exams with essay questions and, for each chapter, additional multiple-choice questions.  This resource provides you with pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • A Respondus electronic test bank created by Gary Paul Green is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains several multiple choice questions for each chapter, as well as the three essay-based exams, and the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.
  • Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course.
  • Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.
  • Sample course syllabi for semester and quarter courses provide suggested models for use when creating the syllabi for your courses.
  • Chapter-specific discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 
  • Lively and stimulating ideas for class exercises that can be used in class to reinforce active learning. The activities apply to individual or group projects.
  • Web resources from the textbook are included for further research and insights.


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“Green and Haines provide community development practitioners with the tools to engage the public in the development of their communities and neighborhoods.”

Robert Blair
University of Nebraska Omaha

“Easy to read and comprehend, the book keeps up with the new data and materials and therefore a must read for anyone engaged in community and economic development.”

Moe Chowdhury
Jackson State University

“The collection of readings brings community development and practice alive.”

Eva M. Moya
University of Texas at El Paso

One of the best book for teaching assets based community development

Mr Kevin Riles
School Of Architecture, Texas Southern University
May 29, 2021

This is a very well structured book providing a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical framework underpinning asset based community development. The coherence enables an evidence base for community planning in an accessible format for level 5-6 students.

Ms Jodie Low
Applied Social and Community Studies, Derby University
March 31, 2016

A useful book providing a considered and comprehensive background to asset building in community development, written for the American market, but much of which is applicable in the UK

Lesley Godfrey
Playwork Group, Leeds Beckett University
June 19, 2015

The book present an asset-based approach of the Work with Community. Present the material divided by capital. Is easy to read. Provided resources for students.

Dr Lydia M Lopez-Ruiz
Human and Community Service, Esperanza Clg Of Eastern Univ
September 30, 2015
Key features


  • New case studies and discussions on recent community development programs implemented by the Obama administration offer readers the most current information and developments in the field 
  •  ?Expanded coverage of community collaboration strategies, social network analysis, building successful community-based organizations, evaluating community-based organizations' effectiveness, residential segregation and gentrification, consensus organizing methods, urban agriculture, and professional training
  • Exercises, Questions, Cases, Additional Readings and Resources in each chapter provide students with a wealth of resources to apply concepts develop a rich understanding of the material
  • A more in-depth discussion food, energy, natural disasters and climate change illustrate how the asset-based approach can be applied to these critical aspects of community development  


  • ?Presents a broad treatment of the community development field: In addition to community development corporations, other organizations and institutions actively involved in promoting locality development are included such as local economic development organizations, neighborhood associations, and faith-based organizations
  • Focuses on of the role of assets in local development: Emphasizing common interests, this approach can mobilize residents to address critical issues in their communities
  • Offers a wealth of resources for students and practitioners: Chapters include case studies, questions and exercises, additional references, websites, and video resources
  • Applies to a variety of settings: Many of the lessons learned about working in low-income neighborhoods can be applied to a variety of settings such as middle-class and urban communities
  • Emphasizes the outcome: Students and practitioners are given the foundations for positive change through several elements of community development such as the basic concepts and theories, a conceptual map of the institutions, organizations, and actors involved in various arenas of community development, common strategies and tactics used by communities, case studies of successful (and unsuccessful) communities, and resources available on various topics related to community development

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