Community organizing bibliography

  • The Citizen’s Handbook: A Guide to Building Community. Charles Dobson, Vancouver Citizen’s Committee. Gives a great overview of Community Organizing. It contains both tools and suggestions for organizing within a community.
  • Alinsky, S. (1971) Rules for radicals. New York, NY: Vintage Books. (chapter 1). Saul Alinsky is one of the first and most famous community organizers. He worked as an organizer in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood. He first wrote Revielle for Radicals (see below) and then this book. (Also available on Reserve at the Undergrad Library at 301.153 AL4R1972)
  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative. Great example of community organizing. This community organization was granted eminent domain in their neighborhood and used that to make the neighborhood better.
  • Noden, Kirk. (2002-03). Building Power in Forty Languages: A Story About Organizing Immigrants in Chicago’s Albany Park. Social Policy, 33(2), 47-52. About community organizing in Chicago; a good example of how to do community organizing in a neighborhood that is very diverse.
  • Alinsky, S. (1989). Revielle for radicals. New York, NY: Vintage Books. Written before Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals. It is a sort of ‘call’ to community organizing, defining who the Radicals are and what they do.
  • Ecklein, J. (ed.) (1984). Community organizers, (2nd ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley &Sons. (Introduction) Gives a great overview of community organizing in the introduction. The rest of the book contains case studies.
  • Chaskin, R., et. al. (ed.). Building community capacity. New York, NY: Aldine de Gruyter. (Chapter 4) Gives different strategies for community organizing.

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