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Promoting Community Change: Making it Happen in the Real World, 1st Edition

  • Henry Parada
  • Lisa Barnoff
  • Ken Moffatt
  • Mark S. Homan
  • ISBN-10: 0176104305
  • ISBN-13: 9780176104306
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Give your students a text that will help them improve the lives of not only individual clients, but of entire communities, with Promoting Community Change. This text addresses the real world issues facing Canadian social work, human services, and community health professionals who want to take the theoretical discussion of community forward and realize tangible community changes. Students will learn to identify the issues related to change and discover exactly how they can become effective agents of change. The author team emphasizes the role a strengthened community can play in preventing and solving the problems that individuals and families commonly experience. Promoting Community Change teaches students how to organize empowering local actions bringing clients, families, and other community members into an active role in building a healthier community for themselves, their families, and their neighbours.


  • Designed for students who want to take this theoretical discussion of community forward and become effective agents of change, the author team explores the many new considerations for building viable, organized change efforts, including an examination of the elements necessary for organizational sustainability, increasing students' understanding and potential for effectiveness.

  • Uses perspectives, current examples and research relevant to the Canadian reader, including those from around the world…each chapter includes a Global Perspectives feature that presents the views of citizens, activists, and scholars from around the world, and from here at home.

  • Covers several theoretical frameworks –system theory, multicultural approaches, anti-oppressive theories, Aboriginal worldviews and critical reflective work, but these are described along with a theory of community change to help in understanding how theory can shape organized action.

  • By emphasizing the role a strengthened community can play in preventing and solving the problems that individuals and families commonly experience, the authors give students the tools they need to improve the lives of not just individual clients, but of entire communities.

  • Prepares students who will go on to work with individuals and families as well as whole communities.

About the Author

Henry Parada

Henry Parada is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Ryerson University. He has also taught social work at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, Estelí Campus; and La Plata University, Argentina. He spent over ten years in direct practice within child protection as a front-line social worker and supervisor. His research interests include analysis of institutional practices, social work epistemology, and methodology. Henry has published in the area of the governance of workers and clients in child protection, institutional ethnography, the construction of subject locations, community education, and Latin American social work. Henry has been leading a six-year university-community development project in the Dominican Republic (Tier 2 CIDA-UPCD). He recently finished an institutional ethnography of the national Child Protection System practices in the Dominican Republic. He is also leading two research projects dealing with the sexual commercial exploitation of children in the Dominican Republic and is co-leading a third one in Nicaragua. His projects have received funds from Canadian International Development Agency, Latin America and Caribbean Exchange Grant, Canadian Institutes of Health, UNICEF, Ryerson International Initiative Funds, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC-International).

Lisa Barnoff

Lisa Barnoff is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Ryerson University. The focus of her research and writing is on the implementation of anti-oppressive practices within community-based social service agencies. Lisa’s teaching experience includes courses on social work theory and practice, anti-oppression, violence against women, family violence, and sexual diversity. Lisa’s practice experience is in the women’s services sector. She has worked on the front line and in management positions in agencies working with communities of women facing issues related to violence, poverty, homelessness, and experience with the mental health system. At Ryerson University, Lisa has engaged in administration, most recently acting as the Associate Director, Field Education.

Ken Moffatt

Ken Moffatt is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Ryerson University. His research interests include community practice in the context of diversity, post-structural understandings of subjectivity, the influence of technique and technology on human relations and human/personal change, and cultural studies. He has recently become engaged in collaborative art-based projects and writing that focus on the critical analysis of symbol creation in the context of globalization. He has taught courses in community work, critical perspectives on marginalization, queer theory, identity and diversity, anti-oppression and social work practice. Ken has worked in the field of social work as a child welfare worker, program management officer, and community worker. In the past, he has worked in administration as the Graduate Programme Director at York University and Ryerson University Schools of Social Work.

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.

Table of Contents

Part One: Responding to the Need for Community Change
Chapter 1: Introduction to Understanding Change
Chapter 2: Theoretical Frameworks for Community Dynamics
Chapter 3: Understanding Community Change
Chapter 4: Relating Community Change to Agency Work and Professional Practice

Part Two: Putting the Pieces Together
Chapter 5: Power
Chapter 6: Knowing Your Community
Chapter 7: Powerful Planning
Chapter 8: People—The Most Valuable Resource
Chapter 9: Raising Other Resources
Chapter 10: Getting the Word Out
Chapter 11: Building Community Action Organizations


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual for Promoting Community Change  (ISBN-10: 0176651438 | ISBN-13: 9780176651435)
Online Only PowerPoints for Promoting Community Change, 1ce  (ISBN-10: 0176651446 | ISBN-13: 9780176651442)