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Democracy in Action : Community Organizing and Urban Change - Kristina Smock

Democracy in Action

Community Organizing and Urban Change

Paperback Published: 7th December 2003
ISBN: 9780231126731
Number Of Pages: 296
For Ages: 22+ years old

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In cities across the United States, grassroots organizations are working to revitalize popular participation in disenfranchised communities by bringing ordinary people into public life. By engaging local residents in collective action to achieve common goals, community organizing expands the democratic process and enables people to create strong communities that serve their needs.

This book examines the techniques these organizations use to achieve their goals. Through the stories of ten organizations working in economically and racially diverse urban neighborhoods (in Chicago and Portland, Oregon) the author explores the strengths and limitations of the five dominant models of community organizing in use today: power-based, community-building, civic, women-centered, and transformative. Based on original empirical research, the book combines in-depth analysis with invaluable lessons for practitioners.

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The work's sharp-edged logic is bracing and it's culminating argument quite suggestive. By bringing together the too-often separated worlds of social movement theorists and community organizers. -- William Sites Social Serive Review Students, residents and community organizers will benefit from the most detailed comparison of contrasting organizing models ever written. -- Mike Eichler, MSW Journal of Community Practice This book stimulates readers to think about these complex issues... It is strongly recommended. Journal of Sociology and Social Wlefare

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Popular Democracy and Urban Changep. 3
Models of Community Organizing: An Overviewp. 10
Organizing the Community
Building Individual Capacity: Developing Local Leadersp. 37
Building Community Capacity: Networks and Social Capitalp. 64
Building a Community Governance Structurep. 97
Creating Urban Change
Diagnosing and Framing the Community's Problemsp. 149
Taking Action: Strategies and Outcomesp. 176
Widening the Scope: Organizing for Broader Social Changep. 222
Lessons Learnedp. 247
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780231126731
ISBN-10: 0231126735
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 7th December 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.42

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