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In Chapter 13, you were presented with a global development case study utilizing the three feminist principles (see highlights 13-4, starting on page 506). Based on what you read, address the following questions:

1. To what extent do you agree with the three feminist principles presented?

2. How valuable did the principles seem in implementing the three programmatic examples? Explain.

3. To what extent do these feminist principles help to advance social and economic justice? Explain.

Week 15: Theoretical Functions of Communities


• Explore the functions of communities as part of “the range of social systems in which people live.”

• Identify the primary concepts involved in conceptual frameworks concerning community functions.

• “Apply knowledge to understand person and environment” by assessing the similarities and differences among community functions.


Part 1: Match the following theoretical functions of communities from chapter 13 with their respective descriptions.

Part 2: After matching, address the following prompts (a & b) on page 2.

Theoretical Function of Communities (Warren, 1983)

1. Production-distribution-consumption

2. Socialization

3. Social control

4. Social participation

5. Mutual support

_____ A. Concerns the involvement of citizens in social, political, and economic processes.

_____ B. Relates to “local participation in the process of producing, distributing, and consuming those goods and services that are a part of daily living and access to which is desirable in the immediate locality” (pp. 28–29).

_____ C. Involves encouragement, assistance, caring, and cooperation among people in communities.

_____ D. Involves “the process through which a group influences the behavior of its members toward conformity with its norms” (p. 29).

_____ E. Concerns a “process by which society or one of its constituent social units transmits prevailing knowledge, social values, and behavior patterns to its members” (p. 29).

2. After matching, answer and respond to the following:

a. What concepts in the definitions characterize each function and make that function unique?

b. What are the similarities and differences among the functions?

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Week 10: Describing Membership in Nongeographical Communities


    • Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment by exploring the meaning of nongeographical community.

    • Examine the nongeographical communities to which belong.

    • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of membership in nongeographical communities.


  • Review the content on nongeographical communities.

  • Identify at least one nongeographical community to which you or someone you know well belongs to (e.g. professional, spiritual, ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, etc.).

  • Based on the nongeographical community you identified, address the following questions below.


  • Provide identifying information about the nongeographical community you are discussing (i.e. name of it, what kind of community is this, what is its purpose, etc.).

  • Briefly discuss why you believe this community meets the qualifications for being a nongeographical community as opposed to a geographical community?

  • What are the strengths of the community to which you or the person you know well belong?

  • What do you believe are the weaknesses inherent in that community?

  • What do you believe are the reasons you or the person you know well belong to that community?

  • How does membership in that community affect your or the person you know well life?

Week 10: Geographic Communities

For this week’s discussion, you will consider your geographic community of origin.  Thinking about your origin community, address the following questions:


a.  What is your community’s population size?  On what are you are basing this information?


b.  What is your community’s population density?  How do you know this to be accurate?


c.  How heterogeneous is the community with respect to residents’ socioeconomic status, racial/ethnic background, and age range?


d.  Is your origin community an urban community (metropolitan or micropolitan) or a smaller community (a small city, a small town, a bedroom community, an institutional community, a reservation community, or a rural community)?


e.  How would you describe this community in terms of its basic characteristics (e.g., comfortable, crowded, sparsely populated, middle-class, poor)?


f.  Based on your earliest memory of your origin community, in what ways has it changed or stayed the same today?

**Be sure to respond to classmates’ posts. Remember to include APA citation and reference in your initial post.  

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In chapter 11, we discuss neighborhoods, ethnicity, and social class, including the strengths of ethnic and cultural solidarity, and segregation. Please answer the questions to the discussion board after reading the chapter.

What are your beliefs about neighborhood segregation and why it exists? What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of neighborhood segregation? What evidence or supporting information can you provide that substantiates your beliefs? Do you think more should be done to promote integrated neighborhoods?

*Remember to cite your textbook and provide a reference note. Also responsd to two peers

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Final problem identification

1. Based on your group’s community observations (e.g. personal observations, supporting

documentation) and interviews:

a. What does the group conclude are the top two problems (Problem 1 and

Problem 2) this zone should focus on addressing first?

b. To what extent did information gathered through interviews inform the group’s

Problem 1 and Problem 2 identification? Explain.

c. To what extent did information gathered through observations inform the

group’s Problem 1 and Problem 2 identification? Explain.

d. Briefly discuss any relevant data (e.g. U.S. Census bureau, scholarly articles,

and/or organizational sources) that supports the group identifying Problem 1 and

Problem 2 as critical community issues.

This are the informations I have to be able to answer the problem Identification part

Geographic Overview

Area 3 is in zip code 77004, according to the United States zip codes website. This area is claimed to be occupied by predominantly African American young adults in their late twenties to early forties. This sector, which is small in comparison to other parts of the city, has a small number of families and is largely occupied by single adults.

Interview Recap

The interviews were done with a resident who has lived in the region for three years, a substitute teacher who has worked in the area for five years, and a nurse practitioner who has worked in her practice for two years. Mrs. Yusuf has been working as a nurse practitioner in the community for the past two years. Her practice benefits the community by providing services to low-income individuals as well as minority groups that are both underinsured and uninsured. After speaking with Mrs. Yusuf, it is clear that she believes the community’s weakness is occupational stress, but that the community’s engagement in dealing with power imbalances is a source of strength. Mrs. Yusuf believes that as a result of the COVID challenges, a Medicare-like healthcare system will and should emerge, allowing uninsured people to seek and receive medical care more readily, culminating in a future community transformation.

Another interviewee is a three-year resident of the neighborhood who spends her free time delivering meals to the city’s homeless population. Ms. Jones grew up not far from her current residency and sees the community’s unity as a strength; yet, she sees the community’s weakness as the lack of funds available to help the homeless. She believes that a future transition for the community will be more unity in the majority of areas afflicted by homelessness. She also feels that if the community comes together, it will be able to form a partnership and approach the local government for support for the homeless.

The third interviewee is Ms. Martin, who has been a substitute teacher at the local schools for the past five years. Her hope for the future of the community is centered on the activities for school-aged youth. Ms. Martin believes that if school-based programs to empower children and encourage them to be positive members of society are sustained, the community will quickly change for the better. Ms. Martin is involved in the neighborhood through her church’s youth outreach program, and she sees the community’s new housing construction as a strength. She claims that a major problem is the lack of after-school programs and community resources.