Explores the strengths and limitations of the five models of community organizing: power-based, community-building, civic, women-centered, and transformative.
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.
Part ICommunity Organizing: An Overview Part II: Organizing the Community Building Individual Capacity: Developing Local Leaders Building Community Capacity: Networks and Social Capital Building a Community Governance Structure Part III: Creating Urban Change Diagnosing and Framing the Community's Problems Taking Action: Strategies and Outcomes Widening the Scope: Organizing for Broader Social Change Part IV: Conclusion: Lessons Learned