Part 1 Introduction: the long-global nexus of environment and community empowerment, Dan A. Chekki. Part 2 Images of the community - interdisciplinary dimensions: the end of community? forms, process and pattern, Laurie Miller, Dean Bavington and Nick Garside. Part 3 Environmental issues and community activism/change: technological change and global change - toward a flexible environment? Joel Novek; toxic contamination and alienation - community disorder and the individual, Stephen R. Couch, Steve Kroll-Smith and John P. Wilson; municipal boundaries and prospective Lulu impacts, William Michelson; sacred space in the city - community totems and political contests, Scott Swearingen; environmental policies and community activism - the timber debate in Oregon, Kimberley Saliba; pursuing rural community development in resource dependent areas - obstacles and opportunities, Richard S. Krannich and Brett Zolinger; from functional to symbolic local community, Pertti Rannikko. Part 4 Built environment and citizen intiatives: do citizens initiatives affect growth? the case of five Sandiego suburbs, Richard Hogan. Part 5 Perceptions of global environment: the changing status of global warming as a social problem - competing factors in two public arenas, Jerry Williams and R. Scott Frey.