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Second Growth

Community Economic Development in Rural British Columbia

by (author) Sean Markey, John T. Pierce, Kelly Vodden & Mark Roseland

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2005
Economic Development, Economic Policy, Urban & Regional, Regional Planning
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This book is drawn from a three-year participatory research project with four communities in British Columbia: two municipalities and two Aboriginal communities. It examines historical and contemporary forces of restructuring, linking the development of rural communities with the legacy of resource development and Aboriginal marginalization across the province. The book then presents the theoretical and practical dynamics of the community economic development (CED) process and outlines a variety of strategies communities can initiate to diversify their local economies. Second Growth shows that sound theoretical frameworks and tested best practices are important tools in facilitating the prospects for a second growth in rural and small-town communities.

About the authors

Sean Markey is an associate professor with the School or Resource and Envrionmental Management and an associate with the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University.

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kelly vodden is Associate Professor (Research), Environmental Studies, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus, Canada.

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Mark Roseland is Director of the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University and a professor in SFU's Department of Geography. A former editor of RAIN Magazine and North American editor of Local Environment, his publications include Eco-City Dimensions: Healthy Communities, Healthy Planet (New Society, 1997). He lectures internationally, advises communities and governments on sustainable development policy and planning, and participates actively in sustainable community development projects in Vancouver and elsewhere.

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Editorial Reviews

This is an especially well-documented and insightful account of conceptualising and operationalizing CED ... This book adds extra layers to our understanding of staples and resource-dependency theory, provides rich case-study documentation and reflections of the serious constraints and difficulties encountered in the case communities and explores dimensions of what might make up good-practice CED. The book offers hope, at least of how communities might fashion realistic hopes in their own terms.

Environment and Planning A, 2005, vol. 37

The “how-tos” of research are beautifully laid out, and the reader gets to follow a clear path from the conception of the project (literature review, theory, methodology) to its completion (data collection and analysis) ... Second Growth is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it.

BC Studies, Num. 148, Winter 2005/2006

This theoretically rich, community economic development (CED) work, written by four members of the Centre for Sustainable Community Development (formerly the Community Economic Development Centre) at Simon Fraser University, is the product of a three-year participatory-action-based research project involving four “forest-based” British Columbia communities. This book offers many useful insights into the complexity of CED theory and practice for communities that seek to assert some control over their economic and political futures.

Canadian Journal of Political Science

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