Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  1. Define aspects of various geographic and shared or nonplace communities
  2. Explain the function of communities and their role in consumers’ lives
  3. Conceptualize community practice, community development, and associated contemporary trends
  4. Review the history of community organizing
  5. Describe and apply various theoretical orientations and roles of social work in the context of community practice
  6. Consider ethical issues associated with community practice