International Community Organising: Taking Power, Making Change

International Community Organising: Taking Power, Making Change

by Dave Beck, Rod Purcell
     
 

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Inspired by the Arab Spring, which continues to effect changes throughout the Middle East, and the global Occupy movement, many are looking toward community organizing as a realistic, tried, and tested way to address our many global problems. This book is the first to explore the diverse history of community organizing, telling stories of its successes and failures

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Inspired by the Arab Spring, which continues to effect changes throughout the Middle East, and the global Occupy movement, many are looking toward community organizing as a realistic, tried, and tested way to address our many global problems. This book is the first to explore the diverse history of community organizing, telling stories of its successes and failures and uncovering the lessons that can be applied today. It analyzes contemporary examples from all over the world—against wider theoretical frameworks—and examines their ability to contribute to sustainable social change.

Editorial Reviews

Wade Rathke

“As a long time community organizer working internationally with ACORN International, we have been waiting eagerly for Beck and Purcell’s book. Community organizations are gaining important and potentially powerful footholds all over the globe, and Beck and Purcell’s book is going to be at the front of every organizer’s shelf in trying to understand this phenomenon, avoid the easy mistakes, and face the critical challenges. Thanks in advance!” 
Marjorie Mayo

“Community organising has come centre stage, promoted from varying perspectives—governments seeking to manage and social movements, including trade union organisations, seeking to challenge manifestations of social inequality and social injustice. This book will be particularly valuable in this context, stimulating reflection on differing experiences of community organising internationally.” 
Keith Popple

“This is an impressive and much needed analysis of community organising internationally. It is a timely reminder of an activity that can effectively challenge the politically and economically powerful organisations that oppress communities everywhere.” 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847429773
Publisher:
Policy Press at the Univ of Bristol
Publication date:
08/15/2013
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Dave Beck manages the postgraduate programs in community development at the University of Glasgow. Rod Purcell is director of community engagement at the University of Glasgow.

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