Community Power and Grassroots Democracy: The Transformation of Social Life

Community Power and Grassroots Democracy: The Transformation of Social Life

by Michael Kaufman, Haraldo D. Alfonso
     
 
Popular participation, local democracy and grassroots organizing have become watchwords not only for social movements the world over but even for official development agencies. In refreshing contrast to the tendency to skate over the internal divisions and stratification that characterise all communities, this book asks the hard questions - about the power of central

Overview

Popular participation, local democracy and grassroots organizing have become watchwords not only for social movements the world over but even for official development agencies. In refreshing contrast to the tendency to skate over the internal divisions and stratification that characterise all communities, this book asks the hard questions - about the power of central bureaucracies, the lack of local skills and organizational experience, the impact of national and transnational structures, and social divisions.

Not only does the reader learn an immense amount about the limits as well as potential of community initiatives in the South, but the new social movements approach is skilfully married with resource mobilization theory to develop a more nuanced and inclusive theoretical paradigm. This can help us to understand and advance community-based forms of popular power in all their rich variety as one part of the solution to the development crisis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856494885
Publisher:
Zed Books
Publication date:
05/28/1997
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.29(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.70(d)

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