Activist Scholar: Selected Works of Marilyn Gittell
Activist Scholar: Selected Works of Marilyn Gittell features seminal writings by Marilyn Gittell, a preface by Sara Miller McCune (Founder and Executive Chairman, SAGE Publications), a general introduction by Ross Gittell and Kathe Newman, and part introductions by Ross Gittell, Kathe Newman, Maurice Berube, and Nancy Naples. The part introductions highlight the key areas of research Marilyn Gittell championed and provide insightful context for the articles that follow. In addition to exploring Marilyn Gittell’s groundbreaking research, this book serves as a bridge to current and future community-based urban research that advances citizen participation and empowerment.
Marilyn Gittell was a renowned scholar and social activist. A graduate of Brooklyn College (BA) and New York University (PhD), she held her first faculty appointment at Queens College (1960–1973) before serving as Associate Provost (1973–1978) at Brooklyn College. She then joined the faculty of the City University of New York’s Graduate Center (1978–2010) as Professor of Political Science. She helped launch and was the founding editor of Urban Affairs Quarterly, the leading academic journal in the field of urban research.
Activist Scholar highlights Professor Gittell’s writings on community organizations, citizen participation, urban politics, the politics of education, and gender. She specialized in applied and comparative research on local, regional, national, and international policies and politics, and placed a high priority on training researchers and scholars. Marilyn Gittell was a mentor to hundreds of students in the City University of New York system, and her legacy of activism continues as her students, now on the faculties of universities across the nation, engage in important work globally.
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Educational Reform and Citizen Participation
1 Prologue and Epilogue From Confrontation at Ocean HillBrownsville
The DecentralizationCommunity Control Controversy
Revisiting the Ecology of Local Games
4 The Effect of Geography Education and Labor Market Segregation on Womens Economic Status in New York State
CommunityBased Organizations and Community Organizing
The Decline of Community Organizations
Urban Empowerment Zones
7 Race and Gender in Neighborhood Development Organizations
Lessons From the Fund for Community Organizing Initiative
Womens Leadership Social Capital and Social Change
9 Changing Womens Roles in Political Volunteerism and Reform of the City
Coalescing for Power
Womens Community Activism