Social (In)Equality, Community Well-being and Quality of Life


Social (In)equality, Community Well-being and Quality of Life

9781035312443 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Patsy Kraeger, Associate Professor, California State University, Bakersfield, US, M. Rezaul Islam, Professor, Institute of Social Welfare and Research, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Rhonda Phillips, President, Chatham University, US
Publication Date: 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03531 244 3 Extent: 458 pp
Combining theoretical and empirical research with global case studies, this innovative book examines the complex relationships between social (in)equality, community well-being and quality of life centred on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10. Insightful and forward-thinking, it explores strategies for fostering strong communities, focusing on the importance of social connections, shared resources and a sense of belonging.

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Combining theoretical and empirical research with global case studies, this innovative book examines the complex relationships between social (in)equality, community well-being and quality of life. Insightful and forward-thinking, it explores strategies for fostering strong communities, focusing on the importance of social connections, shared resources and a sense of belonging.

Centred on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10, which advocates reducing income inequality, promoting social inclusion, ensuring equal opportunities and advocating for egalitarian policies, the book explores the interconnectedness between these targets and quality of life and community well-being. Chapters address critical issues such as income disparities, access to healthcare and education, community philanthropy, reforms in historic preservation recognizing inequalities and systemic barriers that perpetuate inequality. SDG 10 is a baseline in some chapters, connecting to one or more of the other 16 SDGs as collective indicators for global change.

Extensive and multidisciplinary in its analysis, Social (In)equality, Community Well-being and Quality of Life will be an enlightening read for students, researchers and academics in the fields of development studies, human geography, public policy, sociology, planning and urban studies. It will also benefit international practitioners and policymakers working in sustainable development, social policy and public policy.
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‘At a time of immense global challenges, this book is a great way of starting hopeful conversations about what we can do to create an equitable and sustainable world and challenge discourses that sustain inequalities and threaten all forms of life on earth. A wide range of students in the fields of social work, social sciences, environment sciences and urban planning will find the chapters in this book informative and thought provoking. I highly recommend it.’
– Ndungi Mungai, Charles Sturt University, Australia
Contributors include: Ikeoluwa Akanmu, Isahaque Ali, Wanda Kiyah George Albert, Kate R. Albrecht, Travis Bland, Candice Pippin Bodkin, Maria do Carmo Botelho, Luís Cabrita, Victoria Clemons, Daniela Craveiro, Daniel DeCaro, Tessica Dooley, Tyrone Dooley, Dashiell Elliot, Adi Fahrudin, Sara Franco Da Silva, Richard Funderburg, Hrachuhi Galstyan, Ivis Garcia, Adelyn Hall, Lauren Heberle, Babul Hossain, Md Nuralam Hossain, M. Rezaul Islam, David Johnson, Shahla Khan, Sumaira Khurshid, Joongsub Kim, Patsy Kraeger, Stewart Lindong, Javier Martinez, Rosário Mauritti, Matthew McClellan, Claudia Mikkelsen, Nuno Nunes, Anne Patrick, Rhonda Philips, Frank Ridzi, MariaOlivella Rizza, Md Nazirul Islam Sarker, Sajjad Hossain Shozib, Allison Smith, Angela D. Storey, Graciela Tonon, Cem TOPÇU, Emine Ümran TOPÇU, David P. Varady, Anne-Lise Velez, Cornelia C. Walther, Juliette Wilson-Thomas, Husmiati Yusuf

1 Introduction and overview of social (in)equality,
community well-being and quality of life 2
Patsy Kraeger, Rhonda Phillips and M. Rezaul Islam
2 A holistic perspective to nurture quality of life and social equity 11
Cornelia C. Walther
3 Community quality of life and socio-spatial inequalities 36
Graciela Tonon, Javier Martínez and Claudia Mikkelsen
4 Connecting equity, community well-being, and quality
of life via system elements and a common narrative of
community development 49
Joongsub Kim
5 Understanding inequality for European inclusion in SDG
10 of the 2030 United Nations Agenda 79
Nuno Nunes, Rosário Mauritti, Maria do Carmo Botelho,
Sara Franco da Silva, Luís Cabrita and Daniela Craveiro

6 Increasing community well-being through school-centered
neighborhood development: the Community Learning
Center Institute in Cincinnati 125
Adelyn Hall and David Varady
7 Becoming resilient: exploring community well-being
through politicized participation in Louisville, Kentucky 149
Angela D. Storey, David Johnson, Victoria Clemons,
Allison Smith, Daniel DeCaro and Lauren Heberle
8 In between rural and urban: a neighborhood called Fikirtepe 170
Cem Topçu and Emine Ümran Topçu

9 ‘I suppose if you’re not given the tools to get out of the
shit, how are you going to get out of the shit?’: a critical
analysis of the use of social capital to address community
wellbeing and social inequality in time banking 182
Juliette Wilson-Thomas
10 Community affluence as a barrier to housing affordability:
the siting of low-income housing tax credit projects and
sustained inequality in Illinois’s capital region 205
Richard Funderburg, Tyrone Dooley, Travis Bland and
Tessica Dooley
11 Launching a Black Equity and Excellence Fund:
improving community well-being through Black-led
social change 227
Dashiell Elliott and Frank Ridzi

12 (Un)healthy places: social inequality and healthy aging
from an ecological, developmental perspective 248
Ivis García
13 Improving quality of life among advanced cancer patients
and family caregivers 273
Wanda Kiyah George Albert, Adi Fahrudin, Steward
Lindong and Husmiati Yusuf
14 Reimagining LGBTQ student inclusion and support in schools 284
Matthew L. McClellan
15 Meritocracy, marriage and mating: a cross-country
qualitative analysis between India and the UK/USA 303
Shahla Khan

16 Dispossession of rights through development policies:
inequalities in Siracusa from industrialization to new
urban paradises 324
MariaOlivella Rizza
17 Unpacking informal partnerships and intangible resources
in co-creation of community 350
Anne-Lise K. Velez, Candice Pippin Bodkin, Kate R.
Albrecht and Anne Patrick
18 The nexus between urban green space and well-being of
citizens: implication for cities of developing countries 364
Md Nazirul Islam Sarker, Isahaque Ali, Sajjad Hossain
Shozib, Babul Hossain, Hrachuhi Galstyan, Md Nuralam
Hossain and Sumaira Khurshid
19 Social inequality and Sustainable Development Goals:
rural–urban disparity in Bangladesh 386
M. Rezaul Islam
20 Participatory community philanthropy: a pathway for
reducing social (in)equalities 412
Patsy Kraeger, Rhonda Phillips and Ikeoluwa Akanmu
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