Let the People Decide Neighborhood Organizing In America Updated Edition / Edition 1

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Contrary to political myth, community activism did not die out in the 1980s. If anything, it intensified. According to one estimate, the United States is now home to more than 2 million citizen action groups. In this new edition of his classic study, Robert Fisher rounds out his 100-year history of neighborhood organizing in America with an appraisal of those activists and organizations whose pursuit of communal good set them apart during a decade that celebrated the unabashed pursuit of personal wealth. Fisher views the 1980s as an era of practical adaptation for neighborhood organizers. In contrast to the politically charged 1960s and early 1970s, when the predominant philosophy of activism was based on opposition to the established power bases of government and business, the philosophy of 1980s activism was rooted in consensus and moderation: work with those with money and power to get things done. This kind of thinking - which evolved while the neoconservative view of a free-market solution to every social problem dominated policymaking in Washington - encouraged community development corporations: the nuts-and-bolts enterprises now found in cities across the country that rely on government and corporate seed money to develop low-income housing and business activity in economically depressed areas. Throughout the book Fisher concerns himself with the national political and economic backdrops against which neighborhood interests play themselves out. Discussed here are the settlement houses and community centers that thrived during the flush years of the progressive era; the militant tenants' and workers' councils inspired by the Communist and Socialist parties during the lean years of the Great Depression; the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Councils started up during Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal era by Saul Alinsky, widely regarded as the founder of neighborhood organizing; the protectionist suburban neighborhood improvement associations of the cold war yea
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805738605
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Series: Social Movements past and Present Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Social Welfare Neighborhood Organizing, 1886-1929 1
2 Radical Neighborhood Organizing, 1929-1946 32
3 Conservative Neighborhood Organizing, 1946-1960 66
4 The Neighborhood Organizing "Revolution" of the 1960s 98
5 The New Populism of the 1970s 132
6 Community Organizing in the Conservative 1980s 168
7 Conclusion: The Nature, Potential, and Prospects of Neighborhood Organizing 210
Notes and References 235
Bibliographic Essay 263
Index 279
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