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 22: Community development and place attachment using an inductive social media approach

Justin B. Hollander and Max Page

Abstract

This chapter explores a new approach to community development whereby places that matter to residents are identified based on combining the use of advanced software tools, social media data and community engagement. Using the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts as a test case, we first collected, analysed and then validated social media posts that referenced specific places in the city. The research suggests that real opportunities exist to better understand attitudes about place attachment through sentiment analysis of Twitter and Flickr data combined with a robust community engagement process.

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