Community Intervention: Clinical Sociology Perspectives showcases important efforts to improve the quality of life in communities around the world. The book, a project of the clinical sociology division of the International Sociological Association, describes the interdisciplinary field of clinical sociology in relation to community improvement. The first part of the book covers important concepts and tools for community intervention and identifies a variety of approaches to community research with an emphasis on research that centrally involves community members. The chapters in the second part of the volume focus on projects in a broad range of countries, covering topics such as involving residents in urban renewal projects, developing healthy communities, encouraging socioeconomic development, improving the life of immigrants, helping communities deal with climate change, establishing human rights cities, encouraging empowerment and creating an inclusive community. A unique feature of the book is the inclusion of profiles about some of the outstanding work in community intervention over the last 100 years. These profiles are of Nobel Peace Prize winner Jane Addams; community activist Saul Alinsky; human rights and environmental activist Wangari Maathai and participatory action research pioneer Orlando Fals Borda. Written by scholar-practitioners as well as analysts, the book provides essential commentary regarding community intervention efforts. Jan Marie Fritz, Ph.D., a Certified Clinical Sociologist (CCS), is Professor of Health Policy and Planning in the School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati. She also is affiliated with the Department of Women's Studies and the Department of Sociology. She is the author or editor of more than 90 publications including six editions of The Clinical Sociology Resource Book and publications on mediation in French and Italian. She is a vice president of the International Sociological Association (an approximately 4000 member organization based in Spain) and a former president of national and international practice organizations. She has been a mediator for 25 years for small claims, equal employment opportunity, special education and workplace disputes. She also has facilitated organizational and community meetings concerned with dispute analysis and resolution. She teaches mediation and environmental dispute resolution at the University of Cincinnati, has trained mediators in Italy and the United States, is a former member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's, National Environmental Justice Advisory Council's committee on research and health and has given presentations about mediation in many countries including Australia, Greece, Venezuela, South Africa and Japan.
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