[COMM-ORG] query: relational versus action organizing

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Tue Aug 10 09:25:42 CDT 2010


  A colleague, Brian Christens, and I have been having a very 
interesting conversation about the differences between community 
organizing models that are more relational compared to those that are 
more confrontational.  His experience is more with congregation-based 
organizing, and mine has been more with ACORN and unaffiliated 
Alinsky-style neighborhood organizing groups.  We thought it would be 
interesting to engage others in this conversation.  First, we are 
looking for recent (2002 or later) examples of each model.  That may 
lead to a broader research project if there are organizers and/or 
organizing groups out there interested in exploring these questions with 
us.  Second, we are interested in your perceptions of the two models.  
How different do you think they really are?  What do you see as the 
strengths and weaknesses of each?

Please feel very welcomed to reply to the list.


Randy Stoecker
moderator/editor, COMM-ORG
rstoecker at wisc.edu

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