Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing

Contesting Community: The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing

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What do community organizations and organizers do, and what should they do? For the past thirty years politicians, academics, advocates, and activists have heralded community as a site and strategy for social change. In contrast, Contesting Community paints a more critical picture of community work which, according to the authors--in both theory and practice--has amounted to less than the sum of its parts. Their comparative study of efforts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada describes and analyzes the limits and potential of this work.

Covering dozens of groups, including ACORN, Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue Committee, and the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal, and discussing alternative models, this book is at once historical and contemporary, global and local. Contesting Community addresses one of the vital issues of our day--the role and meaning of community in people's lives and in the larger political economy.

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ISBN-13: 9780813549743
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 05/19/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 345 KB

About the Author

JAMES DeFILIPPIS is an associate professor in the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He is the author of Unmaking Goliath, named Best Book in Urban Politics by the American Political Science Association.

ROBERT FISHER is a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He is the author of several books on community organizing.

ERIC SHRAGGE teaches in the School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University, Montreal and is the author and editor of several works on community organizing and development.

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