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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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Community Organizing

Community Organizing Author Brian Wharf
ISBN-10 UOM:39015041371264
Release 1997
Pages 337
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Community Organizing: Canadian Experiences tells the story of community development in Canada, with the objective of determining lasting legacies and extracting lessons from the varied experiences. This edited volume has a number of objectives. First, it traces the beginnings of community organizing in Quebec and Anglophone Canada. Second, the book tells the stories of some of the significant initiatives from both community and state during the 'heydey' years - initiatives such as TheCompany of Young Canadians, Opportunities for Youth, and the Local Initatives Program. Third, it describes some current initiatives like feminist organizing and the environmental movement, in an era of diminished and ever-decreasing resources. Fourth, the book attempts the ambitious task ofidentifying who participates in community organizing activities and analyses the early 'heyday' and current experiences in community organizing in order to extract lessons and identify legacies.

The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement

The Origins of the Civil Rights Movement Author Aldon D. Morris
ISBN-10 9780029221303
Release 1986-09-15
Pages 354
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A blending of scholarly research and interviews with many of the figures who launched the civil rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s records the events of the movement's tumultuous first decade

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.

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.

Community Organizing and Community Building for Health

Community Organizing and Community Building for Health Author Meredith Minkler
ISBN-10 0813534747
Release 2005
Pages 489
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This updated and revised edition of a highly praised volume provides meaningful insights into the systems of inequality in the United States - such as race, class, and gender - that impact health. Updated versions of a number of the original chapters, as well as new chapters and appendixes, address areas such as using community organizing to influence policy; using the arts in community building and organizing; online activism; and the role of cultural humility and systems change in building effective partnerships between local health departments and community residents.

Community and Organization in the New Left 1962 1968

Community and Organization in the New Left  1962 1968 Author Wini Breines
ISBN-10 0813514037
Release 1989
Pages 187
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Ella Baker

Ella Baker Author J. Todd Moye
ISBN-10 9781442215672
Release 2013-09-12
Pages 204
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Ella Josephine Baker was among the most influential strategists of the most important social movement in modern US history, the civil rights movement. In this book, historian J. Todd Moye masterfully reconstructs Baker’s life and contribution for a new generation of readers.

Organizing Urban America

Organizing Urban America Author Heidi J. Swarts
ISBN-10 9781452913421
Release 2008-01-01
Pages 298
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Collective action through organized social movements has long expanded American citizens’ rights and liberties. Recently, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) has helped win living wage initiatives in more than 130 cities across the country. Likewise, congregation-based groups have established countless health, education, and other social programs at city and state levels. Despite modest budgets, these organizations—different in their approach, but at the same time working for social change—have won billions of dollars in redistributive programs. Looking closely at this phenomenon, Heidi J. Swarts explores activist groups’ cultural, organizational, and political strategies. Focusing on ACORN chapters and church federations in St. Louis, Missouri, and San Jose, California, Swarts demonstrates that congregation-based organizing has developed an innovative cultural strategy, combining democratic deliberation and leadership development to produce a “culture of commitment” among its cross-class, multiracial membership. By contrast, ACORN’s more homogeneous low-income class base has a national structure that allows it to coordinate campaigns quickly, and its seasoned staff excels in tactical innovations. By making these often-invisible grassroots organizers evident, Swarts sheds light on factors that constrain or enable other social movements in the United States. Heidi J. Swarts is assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University.