International Community Organising

Taking Power, Making Change

Dave Beck and Rod Purcell

International Community Organising

Dave Beck and Rod Purcell

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781847429766 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781847429773 Published May 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Inspired by the Arab Spring, which continues to effect changes throughout the Middle East, and the global Occupy movement, many are looking toward community organizing as a realistic, tried, and tested way to address our many global problems. This book is the first to explore the diverse history of community organizing, telling stories of its successes and failures and uncovering the lessons that can be applied today. It analyzes contemporary examples from all over the world—against wider theoretical frameworks—and examines their ability to contribute to sustainable social change.

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About the authors


1 The roots of community organising

2 The 21st-century context of community organising

3 Community organising revisited: the Industrial Areas Foundation model

4 Industrial Areas Foundation in the UK and Australia

5 The ACORN alternative

6 Slum Dwellers International and case studies

7 New models of community organising

8 Comparing and contrasting current community organising models

9 What community organising does and doesn’t achieve

10 Counter-hegemony, critical thinking and community organising




Review Quotes
Wade Rathke, ACORN International
“As a long time community organizer working internationally with ACORN International, we have been waiting eagerly for Beck and Purcell’s book. Community organizations are gaining important and potentially powerful footholds all over the globe, and Beck and Purcell’s book is going to be at the front of every organizer’s shelf in trying to understand this phenomenon, avoid the easy mistakes, and face the critical challenges. Thanks in advance!” 
Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmiths University of London
“Community organising has come centre stage, promoted from varying perspectives—governments seeking to manage and social movements, including trade union organisations, seeking to challenge manifestations of social inequality and social injustice. This book will be particularly valuable in this context, stimulating reflection on differing experiences of community organising internationally.” 
Keith Popple, London South Bank University.
“This is an impressive and much needed analysis of community organising internationally. It is a timely reminder of an activity that can effectively challenge the politically and economically powerful organisations that oppress communities everywhere.” 
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