Roots for Radicals / Edition 1

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Roots for Radicals is a distillation of the IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) philosophy and its unique approach to community organizing. The IAF is the oldest and largest institution for community organizing in the United States. For sixty years, its mission has been to train people to take responsibility for solving the problems in their own communities and to renew the interest of citizens in public life. The IAF, now headed by the author, Edward T. Chambers, has taken founder Saul Alinsky's original vision, refined it, and created a sophisticated national network of citizens' organizations. One of the key activities is its 10-day training sessions for community organizers.

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Publishers Weekly
The fight against globalization and the war in Iraq has led to a revival of grassroots activism. But there are many other causes for which communities organize: lack of sewage in poor neighborhoods, the need to support public schools, and affordable housing, to name just a few. Chambers is executive director of the Industrial Areas Foundation; founded by the noted organizer Saul Alinsky, the foundation is dedicated to supporting community organizing. A "radical" for Chambers is "a person who searches for meaning and affirms community." Thus, this is not an easy-to-consult handbook, but a book encouraging reflection about public life and ideals; the gap between the world "as it is" and "as it should be"; self-interest vs. self-sacrifice and other polarities; and how to create actions that not only receive momentary press attention but that are effective. Readers looking for quick tactical tips won't find them here, but readers looking for a solid foundation on which to base political action will find much to think about within these pages. (Aug.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826414991
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 7/22/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 683,344
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Edward T. Chambers is the executive director of the Industrial Areas Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Studs Terkel Introduction: The Industrial Areas Foundation: Social Knowledge, Power, and Politicians
1. The World As It Is and the World As It Should Be
2. The Relational Meeting
3. Broad-Baed Organizing: An Intentional Response to the Human Condition
4. Relationships: Private and the Public
5. The Practice of the Public Life: Research, Action, and Evaluation
6. Reflections of an Organizer
7. Broad-Based Organizing for the Twenty-First Century: United Power for Action and Justice
8. Thoughts on Twenty-First Century Challenges Appendix Notes.

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