Contesting Community The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing

ISBN-10: 0813547563
ISBN-13: 9780813547565
Edition: 2010
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Description: What do community organizations and organizers do, and what should they do? For the past thirty years politicians, academics, advocates, and activists have heralded community as a site and strategy for social change. In contrast,Contesting  More...

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 6/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What do community organizations and organizers do, and what should they do? For the past thirty years politicians, academics, advocates, and activists have heralded community as a site and strategy for social change. In contrast,Contesting Communitypaints a more critical picture of community work which, according to the authors-in both theory and practice-has amounted to less than the sum of its parts. Their comparative study of efforts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada describes and analyzes the limits and potential of this work. Covering dozens of groups, including ACORN, Brooklyn’s Fifth Avenue Committee, and the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal, and discussing alternative models, this book is at once historical and contemporary, global and local.Contesting Communityaddresses one of the vital issues of our day-the role and meaning of community in people’s lives and in the larger political economy.

Michael B. Fabricant is a professor at the Hunter College School of Social Work.Robert Fisher is director of urban studies and professor of social work at the University of Connecticut.

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