Collective Action for Social Change: An Introduction to Community Organizing

Paperback | April 15, 2012

byAaron Schutz, Marie G. Sandy

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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 subjectto empower novicesto think like an organizers.

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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 c...

Aaron Schutz is an Associate Professorand Chair of theDepartment of Education Policyand Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Marie G. Sandy is the former Deputy Director of Wider Opportunities for Women in Washington, DC, where, among other efforts, she worked with organizing groups around the nation in figh...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9.65 × 5.63 × 0.68 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

PART I: OVERVIEW * What is Community Organizing? * What isn’t Community Organizing? * PART II: HISTORY AND THEORY * The History of Community Organizing in America * Saul Alinsky’s Model of Organizing * Campaign versus Community Organizing: Storytelling in Obama’s 2008 Presidential Campaign * PART III: CASE STUDIES * The Industrial Areas Foundation and "Organizations of Organizations" (by Mark Warren) * ACORN and "Door Knocking" Groups (by Heidi Swarts) * An Independent Organizing Group * PART IV: KEY CONCEPTS * Overview: Core Organizing Concepts * Public vs. Private Relationships * Leadership * Power * One-on-One Interviews * Issues * Tactics or "Actions" * Strategy * Conclusion: Limitations of the Neo-Alinsky Organizing Model

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"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