Higher Education

Promoting Community Change: Making it Happen in the Real World, 5th Edition

  • Mark S. Homan Retired, Pima Community College
  • ISBN-10: 0840031955  |  ISBN-13: 9780840031952
  • 560 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 2004, 1999
  • © 2011 | Published
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Designed for students who want to take the theoretical discussion of community forward and become effective agents of change, PROMOTING COMMUNITY CHANGE, Fifth Edition addresses the real world issues facing professionals in social work, human services, and community health. By emphasizing the role a strengthened community can play in preventing and solving the problems that individuals and families commonly experience, the author gives students the tools they need to improve the lives of not just individual clients, but of entire communities. Students will learn to identify the issues related to change so that they can bring clients, families, and other community members together in order to build a healthier community for themselves, their families, and their neighbors. Rather than a passive 'service' model, the author presents a development model that empowers communities to transform their own conditions.

Features and Benefits

  • REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES. The text's many real-world examples show students how to motivate and involve others and keep them involved in making important and necessary changes in the community.
  • COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS. Activities at the end of the chapter as well as online connect the classroom to real world experience in the students' community.
  • AGENTS OF CHANGE. The text's discussions of approaches to fundraising, obtaining resources, building an organized changed effort, planning for action, and lobbying techniques help students learn how to be effective change agents.
  • SOLUTIONS FOCUS. Throughout the text, helpful boxed features such as "Take a Moment to Discover," "Change Agent Tips," and "Capturing Concepts" promote building community capacity and the collaborative development of specific solutions for common community problems.
  • RELEVANT ISSUES. The text reflects the needs and interests of today's students, with extensive information on the value of cultural awareness and competence as well as illustrations that highlight basic concepts to engage students in the material.

Table of Contents

1. Understanding the Challenge to Change.
2. Theoretical Frameworks for Community Change.
3. Relating Community Change to Professional Practice.
4. Putting Yourself in the Picture.
5. Knowing Your Community.
6. Power.
7. Powerful Planning.
8. People--The Most Valuable Resource.
9. Raising Other Resources.
10. Getting the Word Out.
11. Building the Organized Effort.
12. Taking Action--Strategies and Tactics.
13. Enhancing the Quality of Neighborhoods.
14. Increasing the Effectiveness of Established, Formal Organizations.
15. Lobbying for Change.

What's New

  • COVERAGE OF AGING. Examples and discussions of human services with clients who are aging are now included.
  • UPDATED REFERENCES. References to mental health and those engaged in mental health practice have been updated throughout the text.
  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES. Recent global events give students an international perspective.
  • RELEVANT ACTIVITIES. Activities found at the end of each chapter help students connect theory to practice.
  • RECENT DEVELOPMENTS. Important trends and developments in the field, such as evidence-based practice and the use of technology in community practice, appear throughout the text.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Mark S. Homan

Now retired, Mark S. Homan served as Chair of the Social Services Department at Pima Community College, where he taught for over 30 years. In addition to these duties, Mark has served as adjunct faculty and guest lecturer for colleges, universities, and training consortia in the United States, Russia, and Sweden. A strong advocate of community empowerment, Mark has worked with diverse populations in urban, rural, and reservation communities on a broad range of issues and has developed and directed several human services programs. He is the past Chair of the international Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA), a founding member of community organizations and agencies, and has served in executive leadership roles on numerous community boards and councils. He has conducted workshops and delivered presentations on various aspects of community building and community power. The recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence and for work with communities, Mark is also the author of RULES OF THE GAME: LESSONS FROM THE FIELD OF COMMUNITY CHANGE, which is used both as a textbook and as a practical guide for community change agents.