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Promoting Community Change Making It Happen in the Real World

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ISBN-10: 0534606334

ISBN-13: 9780534606336

Edition: 3rd 2004 (Revised)

Authors: Mark S. Homan

List price: $109.95
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Mark Homan's practical--and often humorous--text addresses the real world experiences facing those in the helping professions who focus on communities and organizations, and who want to learn how to actually affect community changes, not only discuss theory. PROMOTING COMMUNITY CHANGE, Third Edition doesn't simply describe issues related to change--it illustrates exactly how readers can personally become effective change agents. Many Social Workers know the techniques for dealing with individuals, but not as many know the techniques for improving communities in which those individuals live. Homan emphasizes the role a strengthened community can play in preventing problems (as well as…    
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Book details

List price: $109.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 7/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738

Mark S. Homan has been a full-time faculty member in the Social Services department at Pima Community College since 1978, spending several of those years as department chair. He has also served on the faculty of several other Colleges and Universities. He received his M.S.W. from Arizona State University and is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Arizona. He has served on the editorial boards of academic journals and publications. For over 30 years he has worked with diverse populations in urban, rural, and reservation communities on a broad range of issues. In addition to his roles as organizer, lobbyist, consultant, and teacher, Mark has developed and directed several human…    

Responding to the Need for Community Change
Understanding the Challenge to Change
What's Going On Out There?
Can You Really Do Anything About All Those Problems?
Some Basic Issues That Deserve Your Attention
The Need for Cultural Awareness, Respect, and Competency
The Community as Client
Targets for Community Change
A Modest Recognition of Idealism
Theoretical Frameworks for Community Change
Systems Theory and Communities
Healthy Communities Produce Healthy People
Theoretical Perspectives on Community Change
Close Communities Provide a Context for Action
Theory and Philosophy of Praxiology
Supporting Theoretical Propositions
Organizing Models for Community Change
The Community Development Model
Relating Community Change to Professional Practice
Basic Purposes of Social Welfare
Traditional Approaches to Professional Practice
Implications of Professional Values
Under the Guise of Caring
You Have the Theoretical Base
You Have the Skills You Need
Putting Yourself in the Picture
Taking Action
Recognize Your Ability to Promote Change
Developing Sanction
Keeping Your Personal Life Happy and Healthy
Ten Pondering Questions
Avoid Burnout
Some Keys to Personal Effectiveness
Final Five
Putting the Pieces Together
Taming the Green Eyed Monster: Using Information and Communication Technology
The Digital Divide
Introducing the Internet
Searching the Web
Getting Started
Learning About Your Community
Learning About Your Issue
Record Keeping
Making Provocative Presentations
Putting Yourself Out There
Working Together
Communicating with Members of Your Organization
Training and Support
Knowing Your Community
Perspectives on Community
What to Look for in Your Community
How to Find Out What You Need to Know
Power
What Is Power?
Do You Need Power?
Fear of Power
Who Has Power?
Assessing and Building Your Own Bases of Power
Developing Personal Power in the Broad Community
Using Your Power
Empowering Others
Powerful Planning
What Is a Plan? What Is Planning?
Some Basic Reasons for Planning
How Much Planning Is Needed?
Levels of Planning
Basic Planning Elements
Obstacles
People--The Most Valuable Resource
What Do You Need?
Getting People Involved
Working with Volunteers
Cultural Competency
Some Reflections on People
Raising Other Resources
Building Your Budget
Hustling for the Things You Need
Getting and Spending Money
Filling the Coffers
Contributions from Individuals
Using the Internet as a Fund-Raising Tool
Securing Funds from Public and Private Organizations
Grant Writing
Verbal Presentations
Collaboration
Strings Attached
Getting the Word Out
Importance of Making Your Efforts Known
Identifying the People You Need to Reach
The Three Holy M's
Techniques for Sending the Message That You Control
Review of Methods Other People Control
Building the Organized Effort
Organizations Are Built Around Issues
Bringing the Organization Along
Developing Your Organization
Theory of Structural Limitations
General Stages of Organizational Development
Small Group Process
Types of Organizations
Incorporating
Taking Action--Strategies and Tactics
Major Action Strategies and Tactics
Other Strategic and Tactical Considerations
Tricks for Special Occasions
Strategies and Tactics the Target May Use on You
Commandments of Change
Do You Have What It Takes?
A Closer Look at Typical Change Contexts
Enhancing the Quality of Neighborhoods
What Is a Neighborhood?
Quality Neighborhoods
Natural Processes of Neighborhood Change
Understanding Neighborhood Organization
A Comprehensive Neighborhood Revitalization Program
Additional Factors Related to Successful Neighborhood Change
Enhancing the Prospects for Success
Some Final Considerations
Something for the Children
Increasing the Effectiveness of Established, Formal Organizations
Types of Changes
Elements Affecting the Behavior of Organizations
Additional Processes Influencing Change
Principles for Increasing Your Effectiveness
Some Final Considerations
Breakfast at Tommie's
Lobbying for Change
Getting Started
Basic Components of an Organized Lobbying Effort
A Skeletal Outline of the Legislative Process
Basic Lobbying Activities
Other Things You Should Know or Do to Increase Your Effectiveness
Some Final Considerations
The Hearing
References
Index