Exploring the potential of social network analysis in asset-based community development practice and research

Gretchen Ennis, Deborah West

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Abstract

Strengths-based practice appears to be a popular approach to social work practice. Increasingly, it has become the approach of choice in community work, with the "asset-based community development" model being utilised both in Australia and internationally. However, asset-based community development has been criticised for its lack of an evidence base, lack of theoretical depth, and its lack of consideration of the macro level causes of disempowerment. While concepts of networks are central to asset-based community development, social network theory and analysis have rarely been utilised in a comprehensive manner in asset-based community development practice or research. This article contends that asset-based community development practice can benefit from the integration of key concepts from social network theory. Similarly, it is proposed that social network analysis holds promise as an appropriate methodology in terms of understanding the efficacy of asset-based community development projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)404-417
Number of pages14
JournalAustralian Social Work
Volume63
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Community development
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Strengths-based approaches

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