Doing Community Economic Development

Edited by John Loxley, Kathleen Sexsmith and Jim Silver  

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Challenging traditional notions of development, these essays critically examine bottom-up, community economic development strategies in a wide variety of contexts: as a means of improving lives in northern, rural and inner-city settings; shaped and driven by women and by Aboriginal people; aimed at employment creation for the most marginalized. most authors have employed a participatory research methodology. The essays are the product of a broader, three-year community-university research collaboration with a focus on the strengths and difficulties of participatory, capacity-building strategies for those marginalized by the competitive, profit-seeking forces of capitalism. no easy answers are offered, but many exciting initiatives with great potential are described and critically evaluated.

  • Urban Studies
  • Co-published with Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives–Manitoba
  • ISBN: 9781552662212
  • January 2007
  • 264 Pages
  • $38.95
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  • Introduction (Silver & Loxley)
  • The State of CED in Winnipeg (Loxley)
  • The Impact of Hydroelectric Development on Grand Rapids, Manitoba (Kulchyski & Neckoway)
  • Government Policy towards CED in Manitoba in the 1960s and 1970s (Fernandez)
  • Social Housing and CED Initiatives in Inner-City Winnipeg (Skelton, Selig & Deane)
  • Urban Aboriginal Community Development (Silver, Ghorayshi, Hay & Klyne)
  • Improving the Lives and Livelihoods of Women through Socially Transformative Practice (Amyot)
  • CED to Reduce Young Women’s Poverty and Poverty-Related Conditions (McCracken)
  • Moving Low-Income, Inner-city People into Good Jobs (Loewen & Silver)
  • Can Call Centres Contribute to Manitoba’s CED? (Guard)
  • Aboriginal Students and the Digital Divide (Deane & Sullivan)
  • Aboriginal Labour and the Garment Industry in Winnipeg (Weist & Willmott)
  • Aboriginal Employment in the Banking Sector in Manitoba (Sexsmith & Pettman)
  • Manitoba Alternative Food Production and Farm Marketing Models (Doucette & Koroluk)
  • Agricultural Land Trusts (Hamilton)
  • Economics for CED Practitioners (Loxley & Lamb)
  • Local Participation and Democratic State Restructuring (Sheldrick)
  • Reflections on Accomplishments and Challenges (Loxley & Silver)


  • John Loxley

    University of Manitoba

    John Loxley is professor of economics at the University of Manitoba and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has served as an economic advisor to the governments of Tanzania, Uganda, Madagascar, Mozambique and Manitoba, and the incoming government of Nelson Mandela in South Africa, as well as a number of international institutions.

  • Kathleen Sexsmith

    University of Oxford

    KATHLEEN SEXSMITH is studying international development at the University of Oxford.

  • Jim Silver

    University of Winnipeg

    Jim Silver is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Winnipeg who has written extensively on poverty and related issues, including public housing and low-income rental housing, community development and education, adult education, and Indigenous street gangs. He is a founding member of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives–Manitoba and played a key role in the establishment of Merchants Corner, a University of Winnipeg off-campus site in Winnipeg’s low-income and racialized North End.

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