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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Link to Article and Reasons behind choosing social work
I chose this article because it reflects the history of social work in relation to community development. Being as history has shown that the when things get rough in a community, those community members ban together to facilitate change further proves that social work is at the root of growing communities that can work together in order to promote change. The reading this week referred to the settlement movement as being a major begining for social work in this country. Social wokers were able…
"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." John Donee-No Man is an Island.
Our entire lives revolve around community and the idea of community. Often times the government uses the philosophy what's good for all surpasses what's good for one. Sometimes we are labeled by the communities we belong to and the regions that we live in as opposed to being viewed individually. While we are all uniquely individual, we make up…
Political Activism is integral in community development, and community psychology.
Zami Tinashe Hyemingway
When looking at different approaches to community organizing, I feel that the best approach for me, is the Saul Allinsky, political activism approach, as described in the "A Way of Thinking About the History of Community Organizing" article. This approach is more aligned with my way of thinking because I don't believe in the myth of the "social worker savior," that I feel many social workers fall into. When I say the social worker savior, I mean the social…