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9780205261161

Community Organizing and Development

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205261161

  • ISBN10:

    0205261167

  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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This is the long-awaited revision of a well-known and widely used text in community organizing. The text provides a comprehensive introduction to the wide variety of approaches that guide social change, social activism, and community building work. Community Organizing and Development links various theories of organizing to the techniques and tactics of practice. It is vividly illustrated by dozens of real-life practice examples. It balances descriptions of protest actions and visible projects with the behind-the-scenes routines that make such work possible. The text describes and illustrates the skills and organizational techniques needed to undertake successful community projects, such as converting a former crack house into safe, clean, affordable housing.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
PART ONE Organizing for Empowerment 1(22)
Organizing for Collective Empowerment
3(20)
People, Problems and Feelings of Powerlessness
3(6)
When Organizing and Development Efforts Succeed
9(4)
Social Change is Accomplished through a Variety of Democratic Organizations
13(3)
Contrasting Models of Organizing and Development
16(5)
Our Approach to Organizing and Development
21(2)
PART TWO Resolving Social Problems through Organizing 23(52)
Understanding and Combating Social Problems
25(27)
What Constitutes a Problem is Socially Framed
26(2)
Social Problems and Contemporary Organizing
28(1)
Poverty and Economic Inequality
29(3)
Urban Restructuring and Fights Over Space
32(3)
Government Policies and Social Problems
35(12)
Implications for Organizers
47(5)
A Thumbnail Sketch of the History of Community Organizing
52(23)
A Brief History of Neighborhood Organizing
53(11)
Lessons from History
64(6)
Community Organizing and Social Work Education
70(2)
Conclusion
72(3)
PART THREE Empowerment and Community Building 75(42)
Creating Empowerment for Collective Action
77(20)
The Multiple Meanings of Empowerment
77(2)
How People are Kept Disempowered
79(10)
Building toward Empowerment
89(6)
Collective Empowerment
95(2)
Understanding Community
97(20)
Building Community Within Neighborhoods
99(9)
Constructing Community Memberships
108(3)
Network Linkages
111(1)
How Social Bonds Can Divide
112(3)
Visualizing Community
115(2)
PART FOUR Mobilizing and Sustaining Community Activism 117(118)
Organizers: What They Do and How They Learn To Do It
119(21)
Sketches of Organizing Work
123(3)
The Skills and Roles of the Organizer
126(3)
Framing What Should Be and Can Be Done
129(3)
Learning to Be an Organizer
132(3)
Organizing is Both a Calling and a Career
135(4)
Conclusion
139(1)
Mobilizing for Collective Action
140(24)
Mobilization Bootstraps
141(1)
Theories and Research Findings about Mobilization
142(6)
Mobilization Models
148(3)
Mobilization Tactics
151(13)
Gaining Power through Community Research
164(25)
What Topics Do Community and Social-Change Organizations Research?
164(2)
Doing the Research
166(2)
Data Gathering Techniques
168(18)
Using the Research Data
186(3)
Building Capacity in an Empowered Organization
189(26)
What Organizations Accomplish
189(2)
Organizational Tensions
191(7)
A Prelude to Organizational Administration
198(16)
Building Empowered Organizations
214(1)
Developing Capacity through Participatory Meetings
215(20)
Characteristics of Good Meetings
215(2)
Membership Meetings
217(1)
Agendas, Bylaws, and Rules of Procedure
218(3)
Focused Decision-Making Meetings
221(8)
Training Meetings
229(4)
The Role of Democratic Leadership
233(2)
PART FIVE The Social Action Model 235(23)
An Overview of Action Campaigns
237(21)
The Overall Purposes of Social Action Campaigns
239(2)
Understanding Perceptions and Realities of Power
241(9)
Action Campaigns are Part of a Long Process Built Up of Intermittent Successes and Failures
250(3)
Values that Guide Social Action Campaigns
253(5)
Creating a Campaign Using a Variety of Tactics
258

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