Community development is a process in which people join together to improve conditions and create change at the community level, but what happens when community is viewed as multicultural rather than monocultural, or operates in metropolitan areas which are simultaneously becoming both more segregated and more diverse?
If community development were designed to strengthen diversity and challenge discrimination, what would it be? Racial and ethnic population redistribution is changing the social face of many metropolitan areas, from ones that are segregated to ones which are simultaneously segregated and diverse.
These changes have not been accompanied by discussion of the metropolis as a practice unit that is emerging anew. While discussion lags segregation and diversity continue, and many choices aremade for community development workers.
What are the implications of metropolitan racial and ethnic population redistribution for reconnecting community development as a field of practice and subject of study? In the new metropolis, what will, or should, become of community development?
Community development is when people join together to improve conditions and create change at the community level. It can operate in indigenous initiatives or formal agencies; with diverse racial, ethnic, religious, or other groups; and in rural and urban communities in industrial and developing areas. Varieties of community development abound, and this journal offers opportunities for its voices to be heard.
Despite its variety, community development has some core concepts on which there is relative agreement, such as “Starting with people,” the idea that the process should originate in the experience of people; “Strengthening community,” that community is a unit of solution; “Joining together,” that individuals acting collectively can accomplish more than one person acting alone; and “Creating change,” that change is both desirable and possible.
source: Barry Checkoway, Community Development, Social Diversity, and the New Metropolis.