Progressive Community Organizing : A Critical Approach for a Globalizing World

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  • Copyright: 2009-01-13
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Progressive Community Organizing offers an innovative perspective on the central issues facing progressive community organizers who seek to mobilize with those negatively impacted by local, national, and global economic and social policies and practices. The book suggests a broad interpretation of "community" that includes geographic, transnational and identity perspectives. This interdisciplinary text explores the underpinnings of community organizing and social movement work, grappling with enduring and emergent issues, including self-awareness, issue framing, identity politics, and global justice. Written in an engaging and challenging style, this textbook is ideally suited for use in both undergraduate and graduate courses that explore the theory and practice of community organizing and advocacy in today's global society.

Author Biography

Loretta Pyles, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, State University of New York and Director of the Community and Public Service Program. She has a background in advocacy, organizing, and community-based research, including extensive work on economic justice, violence against women, and post-disaster community development. Pyles was previously a faculty member at Tulane University in New Orleans where she was involved in post-Katrina community revitalization efforts.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Foundations of Community Organizing
Introductionp. 3
Privatization, Globalization, and Resistancep. 5
Defining Community Organizingp. 6
What Is Community?p. 6
What Is Organizing?p. 7
Organizing Versus Other Interventionsp. 7
A Critical Approach to Organizingp. 9
The Journey of Progressive Organizingp. 10
Empowerment and Social Changep. 11
Questions for Reflectionp. 14
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 15
Booksp. 15
Webp. 15
Key Termsp. 15
The Self-Aware Organizerp. 17
The Call of Organizingp. 17
Connecting the Personal and Politicalp. 19
The Perils of Organizingp. 19
Angerp. 20
Fearp. 20
Despairp. 21
Burnoutp. 22
Co-optationp. 22
An Organizer's Path to Meaning and Successp. 22
Persistencep. 23
Clarityp. 23
Joyp. 23
Questions for Reflectionp. 24
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 24
Booksp. 24
Webp. 24
Key Termsp. 25
Theories and Ideas for the Progressive Organizerp. 27
The Marxist Traditionp. 28
Critical Theoryp. 29
Analysis of the Marxist Traditionp. 30
Feminist Perspectivesp. 30
Analysis of Feminist Perspectivesp. 32
Civil Society Perspectivesp. 33
Participatory Democracyp. 34
Analysis of Civil Society Perspectivesp. 35
Anarchist Thoughtp. 35
Analysis of Anarchist Thoughtp. 37
Postmodern Perspectivesp. 37
Social Constructionismp. 38
Analysis of Postmodern Perspectivesp. 40
Developing a Critical Approachp. 40
Questions for Reflectionp. 41
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 41
Booksp. 41
Webp. 41
Key Termsp. 42
Learning from Social Movementsp. 43
Understanding Social Movementsp. 44
Dimensions of Social Movementsp. 45
Emergence and Effectiveness of Social Movementsp. 46
A Brief History of Social Movementsp. 48
Women's Movementsp. 49
Labor Movementsp. 51
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Movementsp. 53
Disability Rights Movementsp. 54
Reflections on Social Movementsp. 57
Questions for Reflectionp. 58
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 58
Booksp. 58
Webp. 58
Key Termsp. 58
Critical Organizing Frameworksp. 59
Approaches to Community Organizingp. 59
Rothman's Modesp. 59
Mondros and Wilson's Modelsp. 60
Fisher's Neighborhood Organizing Approachesp. 60
Progressive Organizing Frameworks: A Spectrump. 61
The Alinsky Traditionp. 63
The Alinsky Legacyp. 65
Transformative Approachesp. 66
Myles Horton and the Highlander Centerp. 66
The Educational Methods of Paulo Freirep. 67
Feminist Contributionsp. 70
Reckoning with the Pastp. 71
Reflections on Progressive Organizing Frameworksp. 73
The Right to Return Campaign, Part I: History and Backgroundp. 74
Public Housing in New Orleansp. 74
Post-Katrina New Orleansp. 76
Questions for Reflectionp. 76
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 77
Booksp. 77
Webp. 77
Key Termsp. 77
Tools for Community Organizing
Organizing People: Constituencies and Coalitionsp. 81
Key Elements of Organizing Constituencies and Coalitionsp. 81
Empowermentp. 81
Accountabilityp. 82
Relationshipp. 83
Social Changep. 84
Organizing Individual Constituentsp. 85
The Relational Meetingp. 86
Organizing in Social Service Organizationsp. 87
Coalition Buildingp. 89
Overcoming Barriers to Coalition Workp. 91
Substantive and Philosophical Differencesp. 91
Organizational and Tactical Differencesp. 92
Cultural Differencesp. 93
The Right to Return Campaign, Part II: Coalition Buildingp. 94
Strength in Numbersp. 94
Martin Luther King Day, 2006p. 95
Questions for Reflectionp. 96
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 96
Booksp. 96
Webp. 96
Key Termsp. 96
Toward Empowering Organizationsp. 97
Organizing in the Nonprofit Worldp. 98
Organizational Capacity Buildingp. 99
Multilingual Capacity Buildingp. 99
Fund-Raisingp. 100
Leadership and Decision Makingp. 102
Consensus Decision Makingp. 104
Evaluating Community Organizingp. 106
Participatory Action Researchp. 108
The Right to Return Campaign, Part III: A Two-Year Timeline of Eventsp. 109
Questions for Reflectionp. 111
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 112
Booksp. 112
Webp. 112
Key Termsp. 112
Language Matters: Issue Framing and Communicationp. 113
Social Constructionism, Language, and Framingp. 114
Issue Identification and Assessmentp. 116
Community Development Assessment Techniquesp. 118
Communicating Messagesp. 119
Spotlight on the Art of the Marchp. 122
Questions for Reflectionp. 123
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 123
Booksp. 123
Webp. 124
Key Termsp. 124
Tactics for Changep. 125
Thinking about Tactical Diversityp. 126
Policy Advocacyp. 127
Legal and Regulatory Suitsp. 128
Asset-Based Community Developmentp. 129
Direct Actionp. 130
Negotiationp. 131
Alternative Community and Cultural Developmentp. 132
Reflecting on Organizing Tacticsp. 133
The Right to Return Campaign, Part IV: Tactical Diversityp. 134
C3/Hands Off Ibervillep. 134
The Inner Workings of Direct Actionp. 135
Survivors' Villagep. 135
Legal System Tacticsp. 136
Policy Advocacyp. 136
Questions for Reflectionp. 137
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 137
Booksp. 137
Webp. 137
Key Termsp. 137
Enduring and Emergent Issues in Organizing
Toward Solidarity: Understanding Oppression and Working with Identity Politicsp. 141
Thinking about Oppression and Liberationp. 142
Understanding the Divisionsp. 143
A Path to Solidarityp. 144
Campus Organizingp. 145
Reproductive Justicep. 147
Lessons Learnedp. 148
Spotlight on Youth Organizingp. 149
Questions for Reflectionp. 151
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 151
Booksp. 151
Webp. 151
Key Termsp. 151
Religious and Spritual Aspects of Organizingp. 153
Faith-Based Organizingp. 154
Gandhian Nonviolent Approaches to Social Changep. 156
Deep Ecology and Environmental Activismp. 157
Jewish Theological Approachesp. 158
The Engaged Buddhist Movement (EBM)p. 158
Catholic Social Justice Perspectivesp. 160
Toward Interspiritual Solidarityp. 160
Spotlight on Organizing with Older Adultsp. 161
Questions for Reflectionp. 162
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 162
Booksp. 162
Webp. 163
Key Termsp. 163
Global Justice: Organization and Resistancep. 165
The Effects of Economic Globalization on Communitiesp. 165
Contemporary Global Justice Organizingp. 167
Land-Based and Localization Movementsp. 168
Transnational Labor Organizingp. 169
Reflecting on Global Justice Organizingp. 171
Progressive Organizing in a Post-Katrina Worldp. 171
Questions for Reflectionp. 172
Suggestions for Further Inquiryp. 172
Booksp. 172
Webp. 172
Key Termsp. 172
Referencesp. 175
Indexp. 185
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