Historical Perspective on Community Development

Please post here an article reflecting your way of thinking about community development. As a starting point please use the text by Stephen Valocihi "A way of Thinking About the History of Community Organizing". Than explain which way of thinking seem for you to be most practical and back up your opinion referring to other materials recommended for this week. Finally post a copy of your article on the Safe Assignment folder.

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The roots of community psychology can be traced to the post world war II era. It is in that era that tremendous progress started taking place in the field. Many who came back from the war were having severe mental health issues which are why there was a need for a discipline which could answer the need for community members back then. Community psychology is a trans-formative field because it is one which is consistently changing to adapt to evolving issues people face in communities.


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As time goes on, societies and cultures evolve. So must our methods of community organizing, especially in an increasingly globalized world.


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