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Progressive Community Organizing

Progressive Community Organizing Author Loretta Pyles
ISBN-10 9781136271502
Release 2013-07-24
Pages 232
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The second edition of Progressive Community Organizing offers a concise intellectual history of community organizing and social movements while also providing practical tools geared toward practitioner skill building. Drawing from social-constructionist, feminist and critical traditions, Progressive Community Organizing affirms the practice of issue framing and offers two innovative frameworks that will change the way students of organizing think about their work. Progressive Community Organizing is ideal for both undergraduate and graduate courses focused on community theory and practice, community organizing, community development, and social change and service learning. The second edition presents new case studies, including those of a welfare rights organization and a youth-led LGBTQ organization. There are also new sections on the capabilities approach, queer theory, the Civil Rights movement, and the practices of self-inquiry and non-violent communication. Discussion of global justice has been expanded significantly and includes an account of a transnational action-research project in post-earthquake Haiti. Each chapter contains discussion questions, written and web resources, and a list of key terms; a full, free-access companion website is also available for the book.



Community Organizing

Community Organizing Author David S. Walls
ISBN-10 9780745688169
Release 2015-02-03
Pages 216
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This incisive book provides a critical history and analysis of community organizing, the tradition of bringing groups together to build power and forge grassroots leadership for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice. Begun by Saul Alinsky in the 1930s, there are today nearly 200 institution-based groups active in 40 U.S. states, and the movement is spreading internationally. David Walls charts how community organizing has transcended the neighborhood to seek power and influence at the metropolitan, state, and national levels, together with such allies as unions and human rights advocates. Some organizing networks have embraced these goals while others have been more cautious, and the growing profile of community organizing has even charged political debate. Importantly, Walls engages social movements literature to bring insights to our understanding of community organizing networks, their methods, allies and opponents, and to show how community organizing offers concepts and tools that are indispensable to a democratic strategy of social change. Community Organizing will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates and graduate students of sociology, social movements and social work. It will also inform organizers and grassroots leaders, as well as the elected officials and others who contend with them.



Doing Democracy

Doing Democracy Author Bill Moyer
ISBN-10 0865714185
Release 2001-08-01
Pages 240
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An empowering guide to understanding the strategies behind successful social movements.



Activism and Social Change

Activism and Social Change Author Eric Shragge
ISBN-10 9781442606272
Release 2013
Pages 184
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Drawing on over thirty years of experience in community development practice, Eric Shragge offers a unique historical perspective on activism, linking various forms of local organizing to the broader goal of fundamental social change. This new edition places contemporary community organizing in a post-9/11 context and includes a discussion of national and international organizing efforts—in the Middle East, in the Occupy movement, in European resistance to austerity measures, and in recent student protests in Quebec. A new chapter-length case study covering Shragge's long-term involvement with the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal offers one of the few English-language discussions of community organizing in Quebec. Activism and Social Change is an excellent core or supplementary text in courses on social movements, community organizing, or community development.



An Interracial Movement of the Poor

An Interracial Movement of the Poor Author Jennifer Frost
ISBN-10 9780814726983
Release 2005-11-01
Pages 257
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Outstanding Academic Title from 2011 by Choice Magazine While newly arrived immigrants are often the focus of public concern and debate, many Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans have resided in the United States for generations. Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, and their racial identities change with each generation. While the attainment of education and middle class occupations signals a decline in cultural attachment for some, socioeconomic mobility is not a cultural death-knell, as others are highly ethnically identified. There are a variety of ways that middle class Mexican Americans relate to their ethnic heritage, and racialization despite assimilation among a segment of the second and third generations reveals the continuing role of race even among the U.S.-born. Mexican Americans Across Generations investigates racial identity and assimilation in three-generation Mexican American families living in California. Through rich interviews with three generations of middle class Mexican American families, Vasquez focuses on the family as a key site for racial and gender identity formation, knowledge transmission, and incorporation processes, exploring how the racial identities of Mexican Americans both change and persist generationally in families. She illustrates how gender, physical appearance, parental teaching, historical era and discrimination influence Mexican Americans’ racial identity and incorporation patterns, ultimately arguing that neither racial identity nor assimilation are straightforward progressions but, instead, develop unevenly and are influenced by family, society, and historical social movements.



Youth Led Community Organizing

Youth Led Community Organizing Author Melvin Delgado
ISBN-10 9780195182767
Release 2008
Pages 258
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Youth-led organizing is increasingly receiving attention from scholars, activists, and the media. Delgado and Staples have produced the first comprehensive study of this dynamic field. Their well-organized book takes an important step toward bridging the gap between academic knowledge and community practice in this growing area.



Democracy in Action

Democracy in Action Author Kristina Smock
ISBN-10 0231126727
Release 2004
Pages 288
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In cities across the US, grass-roots organizations are working to revitalize popular participation in disenfranchised communities by bringing ordinary people into public life. This book examines the techniques used to achieve these goals.



Activism and Social Change

Activism and Social Change Author Eric Shragge
ISBN-10 155111562X
Release 2003
Pages 227
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"[T]his book connects the personal and the political to produce a sophisticated understanding of the potential of, as well as barriers to, local activism and community organizing...." - Robert Fisher, University of Connecticut



Collective Action for Social Change

Collective Action for Social Change Author A. Schutz
ISBN-10 9780230118539
Release 2011-04-11
Pages 300
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Community organizers build solidarity and collective power in fractured communities. They help ordinary people turn their private pain into public action, releasing hidden capacities for leadership and strategy. In Collective Action for Social Change , Aaron Schutz and Marie G. Sandy draw on their extensive experience participating in community organizing activities and teaching courses on the subject to empower novices to think like an organizers.



Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing

Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing Author John Downing
ISBN-10 0866568654
Release 1991
Pages 145
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Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing presents an original perspective on the uses of computers for community- and social-change-based organizations. Drawing on the experience of community organizers and administrators who use computers for social and political goals, and computer consultants who tailor systems to the specialized needs of small non-profit and membership groups, the book offers valuable information and advice on traditional and innovative applications. Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing aims to reach professionals who want to explore and use the computer efficiently and creatively, including: computer professionals working for social change administrators of small social service and community organizations leaders of self-help organizations, networks, and coalitions paid and volunteer staff and leadership Chapters range from suggestions on data-based implementation through reports on computer uses in neighborhood housing preservation and crime reduction, to discussions of the broad issues surrounding the role of technology in democratic social movements. This provocative book provides practical guidelines on computerizing for empowerment, together with insights into the challenges faced by low-budget organizations and contemporary social movements. Computers for Social Change and Community Organizing incorporates material from the precedential first and second New York City Conferences on Computers for Social Change: New Tools for Political and Community Organizing.



Tools for Radical Democracy

Tools for Radical Democracy Author Joan Minieri
ISBN-10 0787997404
Release 2007-09-10
Pages 250
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Tools for Radical Democracy is an essential resource for grassroots organizers and leaders, students of activism and advocacy, and anyone trying to increase the civic participation of ordinary people. Authors Joan Minieri and Paul Getsos share stories and tools from their nationally recognized and award-winning work of building a community-led organization, training community leaders, and conducting campaigns that changed public policy and delivered concrete results to tens of thousands of people. This how-to manual includes: · In-depth analysis of how to launch and win a campaign · Tools and guidelines for training people to lead their own campaigns and organizations · Insights for using technology effectively, building more powerful alliances, and engaging in the social justice movement



Organizing For Social Change

Organizing For Social Change Author Kim Et Al. Bobo
ISBN-10 8126114282
Release 2003-01-01
Pages 436
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At Last, Here Is A Comprehensive Manual For Grassroots Organizers Working For Social, Political, Environmental, And Economic Change At The Local, State, And National Levels. Since 1973 The Midwest Academy Has Attracted More Than 20,000 Grassroots Activists From Unions, Student Advocacy Groups, Housing And Tenant Associations, Church Organizations, Senior Citizen Networks, And State And Local Citizen Action Coalitions. The Academy Handbook Is Central To The Success Of Its Seminars, And It Provides An Invaluable Reference Source For Organizers Throughout Their Careers. Also Included Are Anecdotes About A Wide Variety Of Real Organizations Working On Issues Concerning Labour, Pollution, Housing, Voter Registration, Racism, Healthcare, Peace, Religion, Consumer Protection, Energy, And Public Campaign Financing. Whatever The Cause, This Is The Manual That Can Help Guide Organizers And Ensure That They Continue To Reach Their Goals With Efficiency And Dignity. Use It And Organize!



Social Movements and Activism in the USA

Social Movements and Activism in the USA Author Stephen Valocchi
ISBN-10 9781135258528
Release 2009-09-10
Pages 200
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What can we learn when we listen closely to and engage in dialogue with social movement activists? Social Movements and Activism in the USA addresses this question for a group of progressive activists in Hartford, Connecticut, who do community, labor, feminist, gay and lesbian, peace, and anti-racist organizing. Situated within the twenty-first-century landscape of post-industrialism and neo-liberalism and drawing on oral histories, the book argues for a dialogic and integrative approach to social movement activism. The dialogue between scholar and activist captures the interpretive nature of activists' identity, the variable ways activists decide on strategies and goals, the external constraints on activism, and the creative ways activists manoeuvre around these constraints. This dialogic approach makes the book accessible and useful to students, scholars, and activists alike. The integrative nature of the text refers to its theoretical approach. Rather than advancing a new theory of social movements, it uses existing approaches as a tool kit to examine the what, how, who, and why of social movement activism.



Hillbilly Nationalists Urban Race Rebels and Black Power

Hillbilly Nationalists  Urban Race Rebels  and Black Power Author Amy Sonnie
ISBN-10 9781612190082
Release 2011-09-27
Pages 256
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THE STORY OF SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND LITTLE-KNOWN ACTIVISTS OF THE 1960s, IN A DEEPLY SOURCED NARRATIVE HISTORY The historians of the late 1960s have emphasized the work of a group of white college activists who courageously took to the streets to protest the war in Vietnam and continuing racial inequality. Poor and working-class whites have tended to be painted as spectators, reactionaries, and, even, racists. Most Americans, the story goes, just watched the political movements of the sixties go by. James Tracy and Amy Sonnie, who have been interviewing activists from the era for nearly ten years, reject this old narrative. They show that poor and working-class radicals, inspired by the Civil Rights movement, the Black Panthers, and progressive populism, started to organize significant political struggles against racism and inequality during the 1960s and 1970s. Among these groups: + JOIN Community Union brought together southern migrants, student radicals, and welfare recipients in Chicago to fight for housing, health, and welfare . . . + The Young Patriots Organization and Rising Up Angry organized self-identified hillbillies, Chicago greasers, Vietnam vets, and young feminists into a legendary “Rainbow Coalition” with Black and Puerto Rican activists . . . + In Philadelphia, the October 4th Organization united residents of industrial Kensington against big business, war, and a repressive police force . . . + In the Bronx, White Lightning occupied hospitals and built coalitions with doctors to fight for the rights of drug addicts and the poor. Exploring an untold history of the New Left, the book shows how these groups helped to redefine community organizing—and transforms the way we think about a pivotal moment in U.S. history. From the Trade Paperback edition.



A Theology of Community Organizing

A Theology of Community Organizing Author Chris Shannahan
ISBN-10 9781134737406
Release 2013-11-12
Pages 210
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The rising importance of community organizing in the US and more recently in Britain has coincided with the developing significance of social movements and identity politics, debates about citizenship, social capital, civil society, and religion in the public sphere. At a time when participation in formal political process and membership of faith groups have both declined dramatically, community organizing has provided a new opportunity for small community groups, marginalized urban communities, and people of faith to engage in effective political action through the developments of inter-faith and cross-cultural coalitions of groups. In spite of its renewed popularity, little critical attention has been paid to community organizing. This book places community organizing within debates about the role of religion in the public sphere and the rise of public theology in recent years. The book explores the history, methodology, and achievements of community organizing, engaging in a series of conversations with key community organizers in the US and Britain. This volume breaks new ground by beginning to articulate a cross-cultural and inter-faith ‘Theology for Community Organizing’ that arises from fresh readings of Liberation Theology.



International community organising

International community organising Author Dave Beck
ISBN-10 9781447309536
Release 2013-05-29
Pages 256
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As the Arab Spring continues to work through changes, the Occupy Movement is agitating for change and many are looking for alternatives in the face of global financial and political challenges, community organising offers a realistic way forward for many communities: a tried and tested way of improving people's lives. This book is the first to explore the diverse history of community organising, telling stories of how it developed, its successes and failures, and the lessons that can be applied today. It analyses contemporary examples of practice from the USA, UK, India, South Africa, Cambodia and Australia against both wider theoretical frameworks and their ability to contribute to sustainable social change. It will be useful for a wide range of practitioners, students and researchers engaged in the struggle to develop new ways of doing community.



Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations in the 21st Century

Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations in the 21st Century Author Ram A. Cnaan
ISBN-10 9783319774169
Release 2018-05-22
Pages 549
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This new handbook builds on The Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations published in 2007, and is the only resource defining the field of study related to small nonprofit organizations and to studying communities from the standpoint of associations that make up communities. It explores the history and conceptualizations of community, theoretical concepts in community organizations, social movements ranging from health to crime, and community practice methods. Further it provides authoritative statements of major theory areas, gives examples of different sub areas of the field, provides guidance to people working as practitioners in the field, and nicely coincides with the increasing interest in clinical sociology. This handbook is of great interest to academics, students and practitioners with an interdisciplinary resource to understand and collaborate in work with contemporary communities.