Community Organizing and Development

ISBN-10: 0205408133
ISBN-13: 9780205408139
Edition: 4th 2008 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $171.40
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

The book 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 book 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.Designed for social workers or community program coordinators.

Herbert J. Rubin is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Applied Social Research and (with Irene Rubin) four editions of Community Organizing and Development. He has written articles based on in-depth interviewing that explore rural development in Thailand, suburban land-use fights, cooperative housing and economic and community development. Both his monograph on Thailand, The Dynamics of Development in Rural Development and his book on community renewal in the United States, Renewing Hope within Neighborhoods of Despair: The Community-based Development Model, are based on participant observation and hundreds of in-depth interviews. He is currently using open ended in depth interviews as well as participant observation to study organizations that advocate for the poor.

Preface
Progressive Organizing
Organizing and Development for Progressive Social Change
Progressive Organizing
Accomplishing Social Change Through Organizing and Development Efforts
Why People Must Organize
Shared Characteristics of a Variety of Approaches to Progressive Organizing
Conclusions
A World of Action: A World of Hope
An Activist's Tour of the World of Social Change: Activities and Accomplishments
Grasping What Has Been Seen: Building toward an Infrastructure for Social Change
An Infrastructure for Collective Action and Social Change
Conclusion
Models for Implementing Progressive Social Change: Commonalities, Differences, and Reconciliations
Grouping Social Change Actions by Goals and Purposes
Families of Empowerment Tactics
Categorizing the Variety of Social Change Models
Tensions between Advocates of Separate Organizing Models
Conclusions
The Three Pillars of Progressive Organizing
Empowering Individuals
The Battle for Personal Empowerment
Combating Personal Disempowerment
Conclusion
Building Community to Create Capacity for Change
The Variety of Community Bonds
Building and Strengthening Communities: The Path from Social Bonds to Social Action
Conclusion: Community Building for Collective Empowerment
Empowering through Building Progressive Organizations
How Progressive Organizations Structurally Compare with Their Mainstream Cousins
How Social Change Organizations Empower and Build Capacity
Tensions That Occur in Building Empowered Organizations
Conclusion
Problems, Programs, and Precedents
Social Problems and Public Policy
Understanding Social Problems as Contested Framings
Social Problems: Structural or Personal?
Problems and Agency
Social Problems, Public Policies, and Organizing
Clusters of Problems
Conclusions and Implications for Organizing Work
Intersecting Histories: Community Organizing, Issue Mobilization, and Social Movements
A Brief Overview of the History of Social Activism and the Neighborhood Movement
Lessons from the History of Organizing for Social Change
Conclusions
Learning about Personal, Community, and Social Needs through Action Research
Social Implications of Action Research
Undertaking Social Action Research
The Overall Flow of a Research Project
Data-Gathering Techniques
Data Analysis and Presentation
Conclusion
Building Capacity to Initiate Collective Action
Activists, Organizers, and Social Change Professionals
A Variety of Social Change Professionals
Why and How Do a Variety of People Become Activists and Organizers?
The Tasks of Organizers and Social Change Professionals
Learning to Be a Social Change Professional
Social Change Work as a Career
Conclusion: Social Change Work as Both a Calling and a Profession
Creating Capacity through Effective Organizational Administration
Defining the Mission
Structuring the Organization
Personnel
Personnel Management
Fund-Raising
Professional Fiscal Practices
Organizational Planning
Conclusion
Expanding Capacity through Empowering, Participatory Meetings
Encouraging Involvement in Meetings by Creating a Flavor of Success
Meetings with Large-Scale Involvement
Instructional Meetings and Sessions
Focused Decision-Making Meetings
Interorganizational Committee Meetings
Conclusion
Building Capacity by Working with the Support Sector
A Wide Array of Support Organizations and Support Networks
Capacity Building through Working with Support Organizations
Conclusion
Compelling Change through Social Mobilization
An Overview to Social Mobilization Campaigns
Power and Social Mobilization Campaigns
Understanding the Environment in Which Social Mobilization Campaigns Occur
Keeping Up Morale over the Long Run
Reflect upon Progressive Values during Social Mobilization Campaigns
Conclusions: Strategic Planning and Action Campaigns
Mobilizing Individuals and Groups
Understanding Mobilization
Mobilization Tactics and Processes
Mobilization in a Multicultural Society
Conclusion
Influencing the Public Sector: Civic and Administrative Engagement
Understanding Governmental Structures and Policy Making
Tactics for Civil and Regulatory Engagement
Constraints on Political Participation
Conclusion
Compelling Change through Power Tactics
Shared Characteristics of Power and Confrontational Approaches to Social Change
Applying Power Tactics
Conclusions and Concerns about Confrontational Actions
Tools for Strengthening Social Mobilization Campaigns: Lawyers and Litigation, Publicity and the Mass Media, Negotiations
Lawyers and Litigation
Obtaining Publicity
Negotiations
Conclusion
Social Action: Magnifying Power through Coalitions
The Variety of Coalitions
Advantages of Being within a Coalition
Establishing and Maintaining Coalitions
Campaigns Orchestrated by Support Coalition Organizations
Conclusion
Implementing Change through the Community Economic Development and Social Production Approach
An Introduction to the Community Economic and Social Production Model
Guiding Principles for Community Economic and Social Production Work
Organizational Forms and Community Economic and Social Production Work
Illustrations of Community Economic and Social Production Work
Advocates for Progressive Programs that Expand Economic and Social Capacity
Concerns Raised by Community Economic and Social Production Work
Conclusion and Summary
Skills for Accomplishing Economic and Social Production Work
Planning
Financing Projects and Services
Project Implementation: Development
Project Implementation: Management and Administration
Evaluation and Monitoring of Economic and Social Production Work
Conclusion
Epilogue: Working toward a Progressive Society
Reflection and Organizing
Tensions and Reconciliations
Where Do We Go from Here?
Bibliography
Index

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