Are there someones who can introduce the field of community development in urban planning?
I have to write a writing sample for my application for the Ph.D program in urban planning. And I have to choose a topic. I would like to write some thing about the commnunity development. However, I do not know what kind of the topic is proper. And I can not find out the academic wedsite about that. I find out some books in the library. But those books seems to be the works of sociology rather than the the works of urban planning. Or some books only explain the procedures of the community development planning rather than the academic studies.
So I was wondering if anyone can explain what topics do the field of community development often research?
Because I do not like the economics, I want to find out a topic from the social or cultural perspective. Therefore, what are the difference between the research concerning the community development in sociology and in urban planning.
Is there anyone who would like to recommend some books, leading academic journals, or prestigious professors? I do not know how to write the academic paper in this field at present.
Are there some hot topics in this field?
I would like to apply for the Ph.D program in this year, but I have not preprare any material now. So I was wondering if I have the enough time to complete them. At last, I will appreciate any infornation or idea. Thank your very much.