This book speaks to a lacuna in current social work practice theory:
community change. Much work in this area of macro practice, particularly around "grassroots" community organizing, has a somewhat dated feel to it, is highly ideological in orientation, or-in the case of many "generalist"
treatments of the topic-suffers from superfi ciality, particularly in the area of theory and practical application. Set against the context of an often narrowly constructed "clinical" emphasis on practice education, coupled with social work's own current rendering of "scientifi c management,"
community practice often takes second or third billing in many professional curricula despite its deep roots in the overall fi eld of social welfare.
Examines the role of neighborhood and community structures in the delivery of human services. The focus is on community-based approaches to social change and economic development designed to benefit people in poverty. The four authors, researchers in sociology, psychology, and urban policy, explore such components as the development of leaders and organizations, community organizing, and the establishment of networks with other communities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)