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Contesting Community - The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing (Paperback, New): James De Filippis, Robert Fisher, Eric... Contesting Community - The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing (Paperback, New)
James De Filippis, Robert Fisher, Eric Shragge
R767 Discovery Miles 7 670 Ships in 10 - 15 working days


What do community organizations and organizers do, and what should they do? For the past thirty years politicians, academics, advocates, and activists have heralded community as a site and strategy for social change. In contrast, "Contesting Community" paints a more critical picture of community work which, according to the authors--in both theory and practice--has amounted to less than the sum of its parts. Their comparative study of efforts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada describes and analyzes the limits and potential of this work.


Covering dozens of groups, including ACORN, Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue Committee, and the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal, and discussing alternative models, this book is at once historical and contemporary, global and local. "Contesting Community" addresses one of the vital issues of our day--the role and meaning of community in people's lives and in the larger political economy.

Contesting Community - The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing (Hardcover, New): James De Filippis, Robert Fisher, Eric... Contesting Community - The Limits and Potential of Local Organizing (Hardcover, New)
James De Filippis, Robert Fisher, Eric Shragge
R2,706 R2,449 Discovery Miles 24 490 Save R257 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days


What do community organizations and organizers do, and what should they do? For the past thirty years politicians, academics, advocates, and activists have heralded community as a site and strategy for social change. In contrast, "Contesting Community" paints a more critical picture of community work which, according to the authors--in both theory and practice--has amounted to less than the sum of its parts. Their comparative study of efforts in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada describes and analyzes the limits and potential of this work.

Covering dozens of groups, including ACORN, Brooklyn's Fifth Avenue Committee, and the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal, and discussing alternative models, this book is at once historical and contemporary, global and local. "Contesting Community" addresses one of the vital issues of our day--the role and meaning of community in people's lives and in the larger political economy.

Activism and Social Change - Lessons for Community Organizing (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Eric Shragge Activism and Social Change - Lessons for Community Organizing (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Eric Shragge
R656 R595 Discovery Miles 5 950 Save R61 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Drawing on over thirty years of experience in community development practice, Eric Shragge offers a unique historical perspective on activism, linking various forms of local organizing to the broader goal of fundamental social change. This new edition places contemporary community organizing in a post-9/11 context and includes a discussion of national and international organizing efforts-in the Middle East, in the Occupy movement, in European resistance to austerity measures, and in recent student protests in Quebec. A new chapter-length case study covering Shragge's long-term involvement with the Immigrant Workers Centre in Montreal offers one of the few English-language discussions of community organizing in Quebec. Activism and Social Change is an excellent core or supplementary text in courses on social movements, community organizing, or community development.

Learning through Community - Exploring Participatory Practices (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008):... Learning through Community - Exploring Participatory Practices (Paperback, Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2008)
Kathryn Church, Nina Bascia, Eric Shragge
R2,935 R2,788 Discovery Miles 27 880 Save R147 (5%) Out of stock

Developed within a network of Canadian researchers and their community partners, this book is a collection of case studies that explore the learning that people do through community engagement. The crucial work here explores learning that is organized by the learners themselves, collectively, rather than as individuals. Reflecting the contributors political priorities, the volume covers groups that are highly marginalized in our society and moves on to examine more mainstream citizens.

Learning through Community - Exploring Participatory Practices (Hardcover, 2008 ed.): Kathryn Church, Nina Bascia, Eric Shragge Learning through Community - Exploring Participatory Practices (Hardcover, 2008 ed.)
Kathryn Church, Nina Bascia, Eric Shragge
R2,842 Discovery Miles 28 420 Out of stock

Developed within a network of Canadian researchers and their community partners, this book is a collection of case studies that explore the learning that people do through community engagement. The crucial work here explores learning that is organized by the learners themselves, collectively, rather than as individuals. Reflecting the contributors political priorities, the volume covers groups that are highly marginalized in our society and moves on to examine more mainstream citizens.

Social Economy - International Debates and Perspectives (Hardcover): Jean-Marc Fontan, Eric Shragge Social Economy - International Debates and Perspectives (Hardcover)
Jean-Marc Fontan, Eric Shragge
R1,493 Discovery Miles 14 930 Out of stock

This collection of essays examines social economy from several different vantage points, linking practice and policy questions to issues such as the reorganization of work and the shift of social services to the community.

Workfare - Ideology for a New Under-class (Paperback, 2nd ed.): Eric Shragge Workfare - Ideology for a New Under-class (Paperback, 2nd ed.)
Eric Shragge
R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Out of stock

Workfare: Ideology for a New Under-Class reveals the double standards of Neo-Liberal "newspeak." The federal government spends almost the same amount of money on tax exemptions for RRSP deductions as federal and provincial governments combined spend on welfare. But, no one asks if people receiving RRSP deductions are "truly needy." In addition to the myths, this book explores the reality of workfare, examining programs from across Canada, and comparing the experience in the United States. Workfare is central to the tenets of the so-called common sense revolution. The contributors show that, in fact, workfare measures have not been effective in getting people back to work, especially in the long term. Governments continue to implement workfare programs even when it is clear that they have not, and will not, achieve their stated ends. The book shows how workfare masks a punitive ideology particular to the post-Fordist, neo-Liberal state.

Social Economy - International Debates and Perspectives (Paperback): Jean-Marc Fontan, Eric Shragge Social Economy - International Debates and Perspectives (Paperback)
Jean-Marc Fontan, Eric Shragge
R392 R354 Discovery Miles 3 540 Save R38 (10%) Out of stock

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Eric Shragge and Jean-Marc Fontan
Tendencies, Tensions and Visions in the Social Economy

Chapter 2: Enzo Mingione
Market and Society: The Social Embeddedment of the Economy

Chapter 3: Michele Cangiani
About the Possibility of Reversing the Process of Commodification: The Scope of the Non-profit Economy

Chapter 4: Jack Quarter
The Social Economy and the Neo-Conservative Agenda

Chapter 5: Paul Leduc Browne
The Neo-Liberal Uses of the Social Economy: Non-Profit Organizations and Workfare in Ontario

Chapter 6: Andrea Levy
Jobs, Work, and the Social Economy

Chapter 7: Kathryn Church
Alternative Economies: Building the Social from the Economic

Chapter 8: Benoit Levesque and Bill Ninacs
The Social Economy in Canada: The Quebec Experience

Chapter 9: Bill Ninacs
Social Economy: A Practitioner's Viewpoint

Chapter 10: Jean-Luc Souchet
The Mutual Insurance System in Loire-Atlantic: Ten Generations of Supportive Innovations

Chapter 11: Louis Favreau
Globalization and the Social Economy: A North-South Perspective

Chapter 12: Michael Toye
Selected Resources on the Social Economy

NOTES ON CONTRIBUTORS

Eric Shragge teaches social policy and community organization at the School of Social Work, McGill University. He is the editor of "Community Economic Development: In Search of Empowerment," (Black Rose Books, 1997) and "Workfare: Ideology for a New Underclass," (Garamond, 1997). He is able to escape from the university by working with grassroots community organizations.

Jean-Marc Fontan has a PhD in sociology from the University of Montreal. He is a professor-researcher at the department of sociology of University of Quebec in Montreal. He works mainly on local development and community economic development. He co-published en 1994 an important book on local development in Quebec. He is member of the Collectif de recherche inter-universitaire sur les transformations et les regulations economiques et sociales (CRITERES).

Enzo Mingione is Professor of rural and urban sociology at the University of Messina, Italy.

Michele Cangiani teaches economic sociology at the Universita di Venezi

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