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Papers by practitioners, students, scholars, and others

Editor: Randy Stoecker

2014, Volume 20

2013, Volume 19

2012, Volume 18

2011, Volume 17

2010, Volume 16

2009, Volume 15

2008, Volume 14

2007, Volume 13

2006, Volume 12

  • Cheryl Honey, Community Organizing: Past, Present, and Future
  • Deborah Lynn Marois, Beyond Polarities: Collaboration and Conflict in Community Health Partnerships
  • Terri McNichol, Getting Started: Involving Your Community in Exhibit Development
  • Benjamin Shepard, Four Narratives of Anti-Poverty Community Mobilization: Housing Works, FIERCE, the New York City AIDS Housing Network Human Rights Watch, and the More Gardens! Coalition
  • Amanda Tattersall, There is Power in Coalition: A Framework for Analysing the Practice of Union-Community Coalitions
  • Malik Watkins, Community and Faith-based Organizations’ Influence on Volunteer Participation: Social Movement Implications for Planning
  • James Whelan, Community Engagement: Practical Strategies for Empowerment or a Wishful Narrative?
  • Lisa VeneKlasen and Darshana Patel, Citizen Action, Knowledge and Global Economic Power: Intersections of Popular Education, Organizing, and Advocacy
  • Lisa VeneKlasen, Strategic Opportunity or Black Hole? Assessing Policy Spaces to Advance Women's Rights
  • Book Reviews
    • Dave Beckwith, review of Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Ou. by Jessie Sutherland
    • Jeff Pinzino, review of Learning Power: Organizing for Education and Justice by Jeannie Oakes & John Rogers with Martin Lipton
    • Bill Pitkin, review of Making a Better World: Public Housing, the Red Scare, and the Direction of Modern Los Angeles by Don Parson
2005, Volume 11

2004, Volume 10

  • Katharine Kravetz, Undergraduates and Community-Based Research: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities.
  • Rabbi Moshe ben Asher, The Price of Social Development: Precursors to a Strategic Vision for Faith-Based Community Organizing.
  • Margo Menconi, Bringing Evaluation to the Grassroots: Insights Gleaned from Studying the Mobilization for Global Justice.
  • David Scheie and Nan Kari, What's Faith Got to Do with It? Early Insights on Faith-Based Civic Engagement from the Organized Religion Evaluation Initiative.
  • Anne B. Shlay and Gordon Whitman, Research for Democracy: Linking Community Organizing and Research to Leverage Blight Policy. Also see the discussion on this paper.
  • Tara Thomas, Needs Assessment And Arm Chair Evaluation of Community Action Network
  • Barri E. Tinkler, Establishing A Conceptual Model Of Community-Based Research Through Contrasting Case Studies.
  • Lindsey P. Walker-Estrada, The Education and Liberation of the Poor in Community Organizing: The Personal Growth and Transformation of Leaders in the Anti-Displacement Project.
  • Jose Wilson and Brian Banks, Chicagoland Youth and Adult Training Center: Building Strong Relationships Between Faith-Based Organizations, Government and Corporations to Transform Low-Income Communities
  • Xi Zhang, Comparison between American and Chinese Community Building
  • Sam Yoon, Bill Traynor, and Nancy Marks (eds), Journal of Community Power Building: Reflections of Community Development Leaders and Practitioners
2003, Volume 9

  • Suzanne Blanc, Matthew Goldwasser, and Joanna Brown, From the Ground Up: The Logan Square Neighborhood Associations Approach to Building Community Capacity.
  • Robert O. Bothwell, The Decline of Progressive Policy and the New Philanthropy.
  • Wolfgang C. Goede, Civil Journalism & Scientific Citizenship: Scientific Communication "of the people, by the people and for the people."
  • Eva Gold and Elaine Simon, Successful Community Organizing for School Reform:
  • Margaret Groarke, Organizing Against Overfinancing: The Northwest Bronx Coalition Campaign Against Freddie Mac.
  • Daniel Padolsky, Civic Disengagement in the Czech Republic: How to Engage the Disengaged
  • Robert Mark Silverman, Citizens' District Councils in Detroit: The Promise and Limits of Using Planning Advisory Boards to Promote Citizen Participation.
  • Suzanne M. Singh, Neighborhood Strengthening through Community Building.
  • Carl Tjerandsen, Education for Citizenship: A Foundation's Experience. A full-length book analyzing the community organizing and community education projects supported by the Emil Schwarzhaupt Foundation.
  • Julie Chizewer Weill and Lee Winkelman, Faith-Based Community Organizing: A Unique Social Justice Approach to Revitalizing Synagogue Life. Also see the discussion on this paper.
  • Lutz Wessels, Research! Investigating, Organising and Fighting.
2002, Volume 8

2001, Volume 7

2000, Volume 6

  • Todd Harvey and others, Gentrification and West Oakland: Causes, Effects and Best Practices.
  • Michael Leo Owens, Political Action and Black Church-Associated Community Development Corporations. Also see the discussion on this paper.
  • Dirk Slater, Low-Income Grassroots Organizations Work to Close the Digital Divide
  • Randy Stoecker, Cyberspace vs. Face to face: Community Organizing in the New Millennium
1999, Volume 5

1998, Volume 4

1997, Volume 3

  • Stephen E. Barton, Property, Community, Democracy: Barriers to Social Democracy in the Beliefs of San Francisco Neighborhood Leaders
  • Peter Dreier, The Struggle for Our Cities (previously published in Social Policy, Summer 1996)
  • Stephen E. Barton, A History of the Neighborhood Movement in San Francisco (previously published in the Berkeley Planning Journal, Vol. 2, No. 1-2, Spring and Fall 1985, pages 85-105
  • Alma H. Young and Jennifer E. Subban, Strengthening Community Development Through Literacy (guest edited by Wendy Plotkin). Also see the discussion on this paper.
  • Kristina Smock, Comprehensive Community Initiatives: A New Generation of Urban Revitalization Strategies
  • Jeannie Appleman, Evaluation Study of Institution-Based Organizing for the Discount Foundation
  • Dave Beckwith, with Cristina Lopez, Community Organizing: People Power from the Grassroots. Also see the discussion on this paper.
1997, Volume 3 (edited by Wendy Plotkin)

1996, Volume 2 (edited by Wendy Plotkin)

  • Amy Begg, "Enoch Pratt Free Library and Its Service to Communities of Immigrant Residents of Baltimore in the Progressive Period, 1900-1914"
  • Michael Byrd, "You Will Rebuild Your Ancient Ruins": Religion, the IAF, and Community-Based Organizing in Metropolitan Nashville
  • Charles Casey-Leininger, "Planning, Community Control and the Persistent Ghetto in Cincinnati, 1956-1980" Also see the discussion on this paper
  • Ira Harkavy & John L. Puckett, Lessons from Hull House for the Contemporary Urban University
  • Mike Miller, critique of Gary Delgado's "Beyond the Politics of Place"
  • Carl Milofsky and Albert Hunter, "The Force of Tradition at Toynbee Hall: Culture and Deep Structure in Organizational Life"
  • Patricia Mooney-Melvin, Before the Neighborhood Revolution: Cincinnati Neighborhood Improvement Associations, 1890-1950
  • Robert Slayton, Review of S. Horwitt LET THEM CALL ME REBEL: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF SAUL ALINSKY (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1987)
  • Randy Stoecker, "The Community Development Corporation Model of Urban Redevelopment: A Political Economy Critique and An Alternative" (Revised, August, 1996) Also see the discussion on this paper
  • Randy Stoecker & Susan Stall, "Community Organizing or Organizing Community?: Gender and the Crafts of Empowerment".(Revised November 1997). Also see the discussion on this paper.
  • Keith Tankard, The Establishment of a "Native Vigilance Association" at East London
  • Thomas Tresser, "How Do the Arts Build Communities?"
  • Richard L. Wood, "Faith in Action: Religion, Race, and the Future of Democracy" (Abstract of and auxiliary materials related to 1995 Ph.D. Dissertation at University of California at Berkeley.)
1995, Volume 1 (edited by Wendy Plotkin)

    About the COMM-ORG Papers Collection    

The COMM-ORG papers collection contains a vast variety of writings from book-length manuscripts to magazine length articles.  It includes contributions from students, organizers, funders, academics, and others.  COMM-ORG makes every effort to preserve the author's writing style, so you will see a variety of writing styles and reference formats.  All papers are converted to html code that is accessible from every kind of web browser.

    How to Submit a Paper    

COMM-ORG is looking for papers to post on the COMM-ORG Papers page. All papers are posted on the COMM-ORG website and announced on its accompanying list-serve, which reaches over 1000 people across more than a dozen nations. We welcome discussion of all papers on the list-serve and encourage our members to also send comments directly to authors.

To submit a paper contact the editor, Randy Stoecker, at

Authors retain complete control over their work, and COMM-ORG supports authors revising their Working Papers for submission to journals, trade publications, or anywhere. Because COMM-ORG is an on-line "conference," papers presented on COMM-ORG are usually easily published in journals and other official publications after they have been revised.

COMM-ORG welcomes papers from scholars, organizers, and scholar-organizers. We also welcome previously published hard-to-find writing.

We are especially interested in papers on the following and other topics:

  • What works and what doesn't in community organizing, planning, and development.
  • Real-life stories of community organizing and/or development campaigns.
  • The relationships between theories and practices in community organizing.
  • The history of community organizing in a changing structural-historical context.
  • Linkages between community organizing and community development.
  • Linkages between community organizing and planning.
  • The roles of religious institutions in community organizing.
  • Linkages between community organizing and social movements.
  • The roles of gender, race, identity, and ideology in community organizing.
  • Activist-academic collaborations in community organizing.

If you wish to submit a paper:

  • The paper must be submitted using a word processing format--no pdf files.
  • Text must be in single column format.
  • All papers will be formatted in html using the COMM-ORG style.
  • Send the paper to Randy Stoecker at
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