new book: models of community organizing
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[ed: thanks to Kris for continuing the discussion generated by her book
From: "Kristina Smock" <k-smock at justice.com>
A quick clarification in response to Shannah's posting:
The five model typology in my book was developed by me as a way
to analyze some of the questions about organizing that I find
most intriguing. There are other typologies that are equally
valid, and a variety of other typologies exist in the literature.
I explain my typology in more detail in chapter two of the book,
along with many caveats about the notion of "models" of
organizing. In regard to Shannah's particular question, the focus
of my book is on neighborhood-based organizing specifically. My
typology reflects the range of approaches that I've encountered
for organizing people at a neighborhood level. The particular
questions I was interested in exploring (e.g. the organizations'
theories about the nature of urban neighborhood problems, the way
decisions get made, the way leadership is developed, etc.) also
shaped the way I defined the typology.
One more point of clarification: The "women-centered" model in my
book is not an identity based model. It's a particular approach
to neighborhood based organizing. The name "women-centered" has
been used by a number of different authors (e.g. see Randy
Stoecker and Susan Stall's comm-org working paper), so I chose to
use it in the book for consistency.
k-smock at justice.com
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> [ed: thanks to Doug for continuing the discussion begun by Kris'
> book announcement. And nice to see we are getting noticed. :-)
> From: DougRHess at aol.com
> Hello and happy new year (both of them) to all. I have not read
> Kris's book yet, but have ordered it as I have an interest it the
> topics she seems to raise from the description she sent.
> Regarding Shannah's comment: I think it is an excellent question
> since the title "women- centered" organizing implies that their
> are different kinds of organizing that may be defined based on
> wedges that exist (either essentially or socially) among us.
> Thus, there would be a need for women-, race-, gay-, disability-
> (each one of them) organizing, etc., etc., etc. To me this seems
> a bit unwieldy. Rather, I would say there is organizing, period.
> Now, different communities and staffers in the same organization
> ALWAYS organize somewhat differently (no matter what they tell
> novices). In addition, other forms of social interventions that
> are also meant to be grassroots oriented may do important things
> and have much to offer organizing. Often they are incorporated
> more, and sometimes less, into organizing drives and campaigns.
> However, I would not call them organizing. This is not meant to
> over privilege the word organizing, rather to keep the discussion
> clean and sharp. For instance, (what I see as) community building
> maybe emphasized as a prelude to (what I see as) organizing by
> some groups/organizers/cultures/funders more than others. That
> doesn't mean that this is a newly found way of organizing, just a
> different mix of it with other forms of social change. I am
> hoping this makes some sort of sense...my sadly brief review of
> some of my thoughts on this is in my 1999 working paper on the
> comm-org page. (Trivial note: my working paper was recently cited
> in a paper in Stanford Law Review and some papers in German, thus
> revealing the ever-growing readship/popularity/influence of
> Doug Hess
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> > From: "Carol McCullough" <cmccullough at tnrc.net>
> > I received the email (through comm.-org included in the
> > attachment below) RE: your book and want to congratulate you.
> > It sounds like a wonderful and useful publication.
> > I also wanted to let you know that the workers at Powell's
> > continue to be involved in a contract dispute. I would like to
> > suggest that you talk with them (the Local 5 ph # is
> > 503-228-5047) about whether you should be promoting the
> > Powell's website (my last communication with them indicated
> > that they would prefer that people boycott and call CEO Ann
> > Smith at 503-228-4651 x226 stating that they are doing so).
> > If it is ok to buy, customers should be made aware that if they
> > enter the Powell's website through www.powellsunion.com, the
> > workers will receive 10% of the profits of the sale. We
> > devised this as a form of profit sharing in the last contract.
> > For more information, you can go to www.ilwulocal5.com. Thanks
> > for your time and attention.
> > Carol McCullough (former Powell's worker)
> > Carol McCullough
> > Neighborhood Organizer
> > Neighborhoods Resource Center
> > P.O. Box 100941
> > Nashville, TN 37224-0941
> > Phone: (615) 782-8212 x28
> > Fax: (615)782-8213
> > cmccullough at tnrc.net
> > ******************************
> > From: "Shannah Kurland" <shannah_k at hotmail.com>
> > I'm just curious when and by whom it was decided that those
> > five models
> > >power-based,
> > >community-building, civic, women-centered, and transformative.
> > are the "dominant" ones. Interesting that none of those
> > official names refer to race or migrant status identities,
> > indigenous origins (or lack there-of) or political
> > beliefs/values. Guess I'll have to stay a little more up on
> > the literature.
> > > [ed: congratulations to Kris on the publication of her
> > > book.]
> > >
> > > From: "Kristina Smock" <k-smock at justice.com>
> > >
> > > I am pleased to announce the publication of my book on models
> > > of community organizing, Democracy in Action: Community
> > > Organizing and Urban Change (Columbia University Press,
> > > December 2003). Here's a brief summary from the book's back
> > > cover: In cities across the United States, grassroots
> > > organizations are working to revitalize popular participation
> > > in disenfranchised communities by bringing ordinary people
> > > into public life. By engaging local residents in collective
> > > action to achieve common goals, community organizing expands
> > > the democratic process and enables people to create strong
> > > communities that serve their needs.
> > >
> > > This book examines the techniques these organizations use to
> > > achieve their goals. Through the stories of ten organizations
> > > working in economically and racially diverse urban
> > > neighborhoods (in Chicago and Portland, Oregon) Democracy in
> > > Action explores the strengths and limitations of the five
> > > dominant models of community organizing in use today:
> > > power-based, community-building, civic, women-centered, and
> > > transformative. Based on original empirical research, the
> > > book combines in-depth analysis with invaluable lessons for
> > > practitioners.
> > >
> > > "Democracy in Action is both a splendid critical analysis of
> > > the value and power of community organizing and a practical
> > > guide to the efficacy of various models of community
> > > organizing. Invaluable for a broad audience concerned with
> > > grassroots civic renewal." - Robert Fisher, author of Let the
> > > People Decide: Neighborhood Organizing in America
> > >
> > > Contents:
> > > Chapter 1: Popular Democracy and Urban Change
> > > Chapter 2: Models of Community Organizing: An Overview
> > > Chapter 3: Building Individual Capacity: Developing Local
> > > Leaders
> > >
> > > Chapter 4: Building Community Capacity: Networks and Social
> > > Capital Chapter 5: Building a Community Governance
> > > Structure
> > > Chapter 6: Diagnosing and Framing the Community's Problems
> > >
> > > Chapter 7: Taking Action: Strategies and Outcomes Chapter
> > > 8: Widening the Scope: Organizing for Broader Social Change
> > > Chapter 9: Conclusion: Lessons Learned Democracy in
> > > Action: Community Organizing and Urban Change can be ordered
> > > from the publisher (Columbia University Press), from online
> > > booksellers like Powells.com and Amazon.com, and is also
> > > available at bookstores.
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