Handbook of Community Movements and Local Organizations

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Ram A. Cnaan, Carl Milofsky
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 28, 2006 - Social Science - 436 pages
Creating a Frame for Understanding Local Organizations RAM CNAAN, CARL MILOFSKY, AND ALBERT HUNTER In this book, scholars from anumber of disciplines present work focused on communities, with particular attention to community organizations. A few scholars have emphasized the imp- tance of the need to map this intellectual territory (Calhoun, 1992). In some ways community study seems to be well trodden ground; there has been influential work on social capital, for example (Coleman, 1987,1988; Putnam, 1995; Foley and Edwards, 1997; Edwards and Foley, 1998). Yet the rich diversity of communities and community organizations has rarely been studied from a perspective that is both conceptual and descriptive. The growing sense that - studied local organizations constitute a massive yet little understood portion of the nonprofit cosmos has led Smith (1997a,b) to call them the "darkmatter of the nonprofit universe. " An - terdisciplinary attempt to make community a unit ofstudy has not been previously undertaken, and thus we feel that this Handbook makes a unique contribution to scholarly understanding ofboth communities and nonprofit organizations that operate at the community level. A community is a group of people connected by the physical or virtual location (to some extent we can speak of "places" on the World Wide Web, e. g. ) in which they dwell or congregate, organizations they form, and cultural values and symbols they share. Communities are affected, and in a sense defined by, forces that affect community members and their space.
 

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Contents

Contemporary Conceptions of Community
20
Symbolism Tradition Ritual and the Deep Structure of Communities
34
Small Towns and Mass Society
60
Small Nonprofits and Civil Society Civic Engagement and Social Capital
74
Community Elites and Power Structure
89
The PoliticalEconomic Gradient and the Organization of Urban Space
102
Public and Private Space in Urban Areas House Neighborhood and City
118
The Development of Community Information Systems to Support Neighborhood Change
129
Alternative or Intentional? Towards a Definition of Unusual Communities
243
Frayed Community The Gated Community Movement
257
Congregations and Communities
267
Ethnicity and Race as Resource Mobilization in American Community Civic Life and Participation Traditional and Emerging Concerns
281
Sustaining Racially Ethnically and Economically Diverse Communities
295
Community Responses to Disaster Northern Ireland 1969 as a Case Study
311
The Nature of Community Organizing Social Capital and Community Leadership
329
Avoid Talk or Fight Alternative Cultural Strategies in the Battle Against Oligarchy in CollectivistDemocratic Organizations
346

Describing the Community in Thorough Detail
146
Communities as Big Small Groups Culture and Social Capital
163
Sense of Community and Community Building
179
Friendship and Community Organization
193
SelfHelp Groups as Participatory Action
211
Online Communities
227
Grassroots Social Movements and the Shaping of History
362
Action Research Professional Researchers in the Community
378
Leadership Styles and Leadership Change in Human and Community Service Organizations
395
Including and Excluding Volunteers Challenges of Managing Groups That Depend on Donated Talent
410
Index
427
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