Culture is a living thing. In social settings, it is often used to represent entire ways of life, including rules, values, and expected behavior. Varying from nation to nation, neighborhood to neighborhood and beyond, even in the smallest localities, culture is a motivating factor in the creation of social identity and serves as a basis for creating cohesion and solidarity.

This book explores the intersection of culture and community as a basis for locally and regionally based development by focusing on three core bodies of literature: theory, research, and practice. The first section, theory, uncovers some of the relevant historical arguments, as well as more contemporary examinations. Continuing, the research section sheds light on some of the key concepts, variables, and relationships present in the limited study of culture in community development. Finally, the practice section brings together research and theory into applied examples from on the ground efforts.

During a time where the interest to retain the uniqueness of local life, traditions, and culture is significantly increasing in community-based development, the authors offer a global exploration of the impacts of culturally based development with comparative analysis in countries such as Korea, Ireland, and the United States. A must-read for community development planners, policymakers, students, and researchers.

part I|14 pages


chapter 1|12 pages

Culture, Community, and Development

A Critical Interrelationship

part II|41 pages

Theory and Framework

chapter 2|16 pages

A Proposal

Stand for Civic Engagement

chapter 3|23 pages

Intercultural Learning among Community Development Students

Positive Attitudes, Ambivalent Experiences

part III|113 pages


chapter 5|34 pages

Traditions and Play as Ways to Develop Community

The Case of Korea’s Belt-Wrestling Known as Ssireum

chapter 6|23 pages

Irish Diaspora and Sporting Cultures of Conflict, Stability, and Unity

Analysing the Power Politics of Community Development, Resistance, and Disempowerment through a Case Study Comparison of Benny Lynch and ‘The Glasgow Effect’

chapter 7|23 pages

Tradition, Cultures, and Communities

Exploring the Potentials of Music and the Arts for Community Development in Appalachia

part IV|66 pages


chapter 8|16 pages

Strange Bedfellows

Community Development, Democracy, and Magic

chapter 9|15 pages

Working with Young People through the Arts, Music and Technology

Emancipating New Youth Civic Engagement

chapter 10|23 pages

More than Noise

Employing Hip-Hop Music to Inform Community Development Practice

chapter 11|10 pages

Connecting Industry and the Arts for Community Development

The Art Hop of Burlington, Vermont