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Dry Bones Rattling : Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy - Mark R. Warren

Dry Bones Rattling

Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy

Paperback Published: 13th May 2001
ISBN: 9780691074320
Number Of Pages: 344

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"Dry Bones Rattling" offers the first in-depth treatment of how to rebuild the social capital of America's communities while promoting racially inclusive, democratic participation. The Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) network in Texas and the Southwest is gaining national attention as a model for reviving democratic life in the inner city--and beyond. This richly drawn study shows how the IAF network works with religious congregations and other community-based institutions to cultivate the participation and leadership of Americans most left out of our elite-centered politics. Interfaith leaders from poor communities of color collaborate with those from more affluent communities to build organizations with the power to construct affordable housing, create job-training programs, improve schools, expand public services, and increase neighborhood safety.

In clear and accessible prose, Mark Warren argues that the key to revitalizing democracy lies in connecting politics to community institutions and the values that sustain them. By doing so, the IAF network builds an organized, multiracial constituency with the power to advance desperately needed social policies. While Americans are most aware of the religious right, Warren documents the growth of progressive faith-based politics in America. He offers a realistic yet hopeful account of how this rising trend can transform the lives of people in our most troubled neighborhoods. Drawing upon six years of original fieldwork, "Dry Bones Rattling" proposes new answers to the problems of American democracy, community life, race relations, and the urban crisis.

"Warren has produced something unusual in democratic theory: a masterful combination of theory and observation that is original, readable, and important. It deserves a spot on the shelf of every student of democracy."--Choice "Warren has done ... a great service with his careful fieldwork, ample documentation and nicely written reporting ... A fine introduction to what I , like Warren, believe to be an extremely important and promising social movement."--Mary Jo Bane, America "Anyone interested in community organizing, grassroots mobilization, or the controversies surrounding faith-based politics should read Mark R. Warren's first book, Dry Bones Rattling. His painstaking book stirs the democratic imagination."--Archon Fung, Boston Review "Dry Bones Rattling stands as an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about the future of American civil society. All the big issues are here... This is a timely book."--Mitchell L. Stevens, Social Forces "An excellent political ethnography that offers an engaging analysis of how to build social capital, forge multiracial cooperation, and, above all, revitalize democratic participation and civic engagement in American society... It provides us with a critical understanding as well as a tangible example of the elements that are needed to bring about a more inclusive and viable vision of civic engagement and revitalized democracy in a racially and ethnically diverse American society in the twenty-first century."--Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Journal of Politics

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: Dry Bones Rattlingp. 3
Cimmunity Building and Political Renewalp. 15
A Theology of Organizing: From Alinsky to the Moden IAFp. 40
Beyond Local Organizing: Statewide Power and a Regional Networkp. 72
Bridging Communities across Racial Linesp. 98
Deepening Multiracial Collaborationp. 124
Effective Power: Campaigning for Community-Based Policy Initiativesp. 162
Congretional Bases for Political Actionp. 191
Leadership Development: Participation and Authority in Consensual Democraciesp. 211
Conclusion: Restoring Faith in Politicsp. 239
Notesp. 265
Indexp. 309
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ISBN: 9780691074320
ISBN-10: 0691074321
Series: Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative P... (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 13th May 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.49  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.49