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 4: Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD): core principles

Ivis García

Abstract

This chapter introduces the core principles of Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) in the context of local communities. This way of thinking was popularized by the seminal volume, Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community’s Assets by Jody Kretzmann and John McKnight (1993). The chapter will show that when a community is engaged in identifying its assets, the focus tends to remain on the inherent strengths of the people in the community and what they bring to make their communities better. With this method, community members feel empowered and they are more likely to think that their involvement in community work can and will be truly meaningful. The chapter was written for those who seek an introduction or a refresher to ABCD and it will be particularly valuable for local community leaders, associations, institutions, government officials, philanthropist, business owners, and anyone who wishes to support effective community-building strategies.

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