Research Handbook on Community Development
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Research Handbook on Community Development

Edited by Rhonda Phillips, Eric Trevan and Patsy Kraeger

This timely Research Handbook offers new ways in which to navigate the diverse terrain of community development research. Chapters unpack the foundations and history of community development research and also look to its future, exploring innovative frameworks for conceptualizing community development. Comprehensive and unequivocally progressive, this is key reading for social and public policy researchers in need of an understanding of the current trends in community development research, as well as practitioners and policymakers working on urban, rural and regional development.
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Chapter 2: The study of poverty in places: scope, scale, and space

Elizabeth A. Dobis, Lionel J. Beaulieu and Indraneel Kumar


Selecting papers from multiple disciplines, we review the place-based literature on poverty in the United States, focusing on those that employ a spatial approach. We touch upon how poverty is defined in the place-based literature, the differing scales used to analyse poverty and how it affects results, ways in which urban and rural poverty is delineated by researchers, theories used to analyse poverty within metropolitan areas, and regional patterns of poverty. We then explore how community development theory and practice might offer a framework for pursuing effective and evidence-based place-based poverty alleviation strategies and policy activities.

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