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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780231126731
ISBN-10: 0231126735
Format: Paperback
(211mm x 148mm x 17mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Columbia University Press
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publish Date: 17-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Kristina Smock

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