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Democracy in action : community organizing and urban change
Smock, Kristina.

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288 pages ; 24 cm
Part II Organizing the Community -- Part III Creating Urban Change.
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [273]-282) and index.
Pub Date:
Columbia University Press, [2004]



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Central - Houston Public Library Adult Non-fiction Book 361.8 S666

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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.

Author Notes

Kristina Smock is a consultant to non-profit organizations working in the fields of community organizing, community development, and public policy

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Part I Introduction
1 Popular Democracy and Urban Changep. 3
2 Models of Community Organizing: An Overviewp. 10
Part II Organizing the Community
3 Building Individual Capacity: Developing Local Leadersp. 37
4 Building Community Capacity: Networks and Social Capitalp. 64
5 Building a Community Governance Structurep. 97
Part III Creating Urban Change
6 Diagnosing and Framing the Community's Problemsp. 149
7 Taking Action: Strategies and Outcomesp. 176
8 Widening the Scope: Organizing for Broader Social Changep. 222
Part IV Conclusion
9 Lessons Learnedp. 247
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 283

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