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Collective Action for Social Change

An Introduction to Community Organizing

Authors: Schutz, A., Sandy, M.

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Community organizers build solidarity and collective power in fractured communities. They help ordinary people turn their private pain into public action, releasing hidden capacities for leadership and strategy. In Collective Action for Social Change , Aaron Schutz and Marie G. Sandy draw on their extensive experience participating in community organizing activities and teaching courses on the subject to empower novices to think like an organizers.

About the authors

AARON SCHUTZAssociate Professorand Chair of theDepartment of Education Policyand Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
MARIE G. SANDYformer Deputy Director of Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington DC, USA, where among other efforts, she worked with organizing groups around the nation in fights over welfare reform.

Reviews

"Schutz and Sandy provide an engaging overview of community organizing in the Saul Alinsky tradition from an organizer's perspective.Clear and comprehensive, their book shows us how organizers develop skilled leaders, build powerful organizations, and help revitalize American democracy." - David Walls, Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Sonoma State University

"A commendable text that challenges students to look beyond the 'how to' of organizing to the far more difficult task of 'how to think' about organizing. Without such intellectual work, it is difficult to understand community organizing as anything more than a series of techniques equally usable by The Tea Party, President Obama, Tupperware, or anyone else who wants to effectively gain 'market share.'" - Mike Miller, veteran community organizer and author of A Community Organizer's Tale: People and Power in San Francisco

"In accessible language and with compelling examples, Schutz and Sandyexplain the why of organizing - why we recruit new leaders, why we build power, and why we pick fights. As new media technology expands the tools for organizing, clarity about the why is more critical than ever. A must-read for anyone interested in building an inclusive, compassionate, and equitable society." - Rinku Sen, President and Executive Director of the Applied Research Center (ARC) and publisher of ColorLines.com


Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

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  • What Is Community Organizing?

    Pages 11-30

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  • What Isn’t Community Organizing?

    Pages 31-44

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  • Collective Action in Twentieth-Century America: A Brief History

    Pages 47-91

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  • Saul Alinsky: The “Father” of Community Organizing

    Pages 93-107

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Hardcover $139.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Collective Action for Social Change
Book Subtitle
An Introduction to Community Organizing
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Aaron Schutz and Marie G. Sandy
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-11853-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230118539
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-10537-9
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-11125-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 300
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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