Democracy in Action Community Organizing and Urban Change

ISBN-10: 0231126735
ISBN-13: 9780231126731
Edition: 2003
Authors: Kristina Smock
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/7/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

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

List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Popular Democracy and Urban Change
Models of Community Organizing: An Overview
Organizing the Community
Building Individual Capacity: Developing Local Leaders
Building Community Capacity: Networks and Social Capital
Building a Community Governance Structure
Creating Urban Change
Diagnosing and Framing the Community's Problems
Taking Action: Strategies and Outcomes
Widening the Scope: Organizing for Broader Social Change
Conclusion
Lessons Learned
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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