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The “Abundant Community” Idea in Oppressed Communities The authors of The Abundant Community article introduce an idea that the development of associations within communities is one way to bring about positive community impacts. These impacts from associations offer greater results that successfully impact the community more than outside or paid for services. It is through the activities and interactions among residents to development an association that community competencies and the “social fabric” can be developed or groomed. These competencies and social fabric at the community level lead to a social environment where positive impacts on the community can come to fruition. I understand their argument to be complementary to the belief in the value and importance that utilizing local knowledge in community development endeavors. (Cite the article) The Abundant Community article concludes that the space for these association’s to take place and for their benefit to be expressed is becoming less common. The idea that people are less engaged in the social arena has been under much r...

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