Changes in the valley : the role of the individual in community development
Author(s)Freidus, Natasha (Natasha Suzanne), 1972-
Role of the individual in community development
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
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Citizen participation has long been deemed essential to the creation of strong and democratic communities. This thesis expands upon traditional discussions of "civic skills" as a prerequisite for participation. It considers the role of individual development in the field of community development. The relationship between individual and community development is explored through a case study of Valley Interfaith, an Industrial Areas Foundation community organization. An alternative to the traditional analysis of the Industrial Areas Foundation is presented, whereby community organizations serve not only to develop relationships among individuals, but in fact develop the individuals themselves. This research is based on a qualitative analysis of narratives with Valley Interfaith leaders. The findings indicate that individuals undergo dramatic intrapersonal, cognitive, and behavioral changes as a result of their participation in the organization. Individual and community development are presented as mutually reinforcing processes. The conclusions suggest that a greater understanding of and attention to individual development is essential to the success of efforts to develop institutions and communities.
Thesis (M.C.P.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, 2001.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 96-99).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Studies and Planning.