Neighbourhood Houses
288 pages, 6 x 9
2 b&w photos, 16 charts and diagrams, 14 tables
Release Date:15 Mar 2021

Neighbourhood Houses

Building Community in Vancouver

Foreword by David Hulchanski; Edited by Miu Chung Yan and Sean R. Lauer
UBC Press

Neighbourhood Houses draws on a five-year study to document and contextualize the neighbourhood house network in Vancouver. Recognition is growing that globalization and migration are creating social disconnection in modern urban cities and urban communities are at risk of becoming fragmented. Nonetheless, the local community is where most aspects of everyday life occur, where people establish their homes and pursue their ambitions. It offers a secure haven in an unpredictable, globalized world.

In this volume, the contributing authors outline the history of the Vancouver neighbourhood house model, its relationship with local government and other organizations in the region, the programs and activities offered, and the experiences of participants. Neighbourhood houses are based on the settlement house movement that began in nineteenth-century England in response to the needs of rootless urban arrivals -- the idea of a locally governed multi-service organization to connect people within their communities is not new. Bringing neighbours and newcomers together, today’s neighbourhood houses are hubs for community development programs and services such as public recreation, daycare, health care, and adult literacy classes.

This timely book demonstrates that place-based community organizations can provide an antidote.

This book will be a significant reference for social work researchers, educators, and students, and for local, national, and international policy practitioners, urban planners, community developers, and community service providers.

Neighbourhood Houses highlights the important role played by community-based non-profits in governance, meeting neighbourhood and individual service user needs, and engaging in advocacy and service production. Micheal L. Shier, associate professor, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Conceptually and analytically rich, this volume is a welcome addition to the literature on the role of neighbourhood houses in community building and service delivery. John Shields, professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Ryerson University

Miu Chung Yan is a professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia and was the principal investigator of a five-year multidisciplinary and mixed-method study of the neighbourhood house movement, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He is a co-editor of Working with Immigrants and Refugees: Issues, Theories, and Approaches for Social Work and Human Service Practice (with Uzo Anucha) and Social Work in China: A Snapshot of Critical Issues and Emerging Ideas (with Wes Shera and A Ka Tat Tsang). Sean Lauer is an associate professor at the University of British Columbia. With Carrie Yodanis, he is a co-author of Getting Married: The Public Nature of Our Private Relationships, an examination of the institutional aspects of contemporary marriage.

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