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Community Projects As Social Activism

Author : Benjamin Shepard
ISBN : 9781483314693
Genre : Social Science
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Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services by Benjamin Shepard is an engaging and accessible work that will get today's students excited about the very real prospect of achieving lasting, positive change within their communities. It outlines a distinct approach to community practice born out of the intersection among social movements, day-to-day organizing, and the lessons of five decades of community change practices. This invaluable resource is a must-have for anyone involved in community organization, community health, and community activism practice research and policy.

Sustainable Urbanism And Direct Action

Author : Bejamin Hei Shepard
ISBN : 1783483156
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Connecting urban activism to historical, philosophical and theoretical ideas of the dialectic, this book builds a new theoretical framework for reimagining the work of anarchist organizing and social movements

The Ecosocial Transition Of Societies

Author : Aila-Leena Matthies
ISBN : 9781317034605
Genre : Social Science
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This groundbreaking book both explains and expands the growing debate on ecological (environmental) social work at the global level. In order to achieve this, the book strengthens the environmental paradigm in social work and social policy by undertaking further research on theoretical and conceptual clarification as well as distinct reflections on its practical directions. Divided into five parts: concepts; the impact of environmental crises; sustainable communities and lifestyles; food politics; and the profession in transition, this work’s main objective is to place ecological social work as a part of the more comprehensive and interdisciplinary eco-social transition of societies towards sustainability, balancing economic and social development with the limited resources of the natural environment. By focussing on these five core concepts, it shows how social work and social policy contribute to this transition through having a research-based approach and orientation on solutions rather than problem analysis. The book will be of interest to scholars from a broad range of disciplines, including those in social work and social policy, sustainability, economics, agriculture and environmental studies.

Queer Political Performance And Protest

Author : Benjamin Shepard
ISBN : 9781135900434
Genre : Social Science
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From the birth of the Gay Liberation through the rise of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) in 1987, the global justice movement in 1994, the largest day of antiwar protest in world history in February 2003, the Republican National Convention protests in August 2004, and the massive immigrant rights rallies in the spring of 2006, the streets of cities around the world have been filled with a new theatrical model of protest. Elements of fun, creativity, pleasure, and play are cornerstones of this new approach toward protest and community building. No movement has had a larger influence on the emergence of play in social movement activity than the gay liberation and queer activism of the past thirty years. This book examines the role of play in gay liberation and queer activism, and the ways in which queer notions of play have influenced a broad range of social movements.

The Cq Press Guide To Urban Politics And Policy In The United States

Author : Christine Kelleher Palus
ISBN : 9781506344133
Genre : Political Science
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The CQ Press Guide to Urban Politics and Policy in the United States will bring the CQ Press reference guide approach to topics in urban politics and policy in the United States. If the old adage that “all politics is local” is even partially true, then cities are important centers for political activity and for the delivery of public goods and services. U.S. cities are diverse in terms of their political and economic development, demographic makeup, governance structures, and public policies. Yet there are some durable patterns across American cities, too. Despite differences in governance and/or geographic size, most cities face similar challenges in the management of public finances, the administration of public safety, and education. And all U.S. cities have a similar legal status within the federal system. This reference guide will help students understand how American cities (from old to new) have developed over time (Part I), how the various city governance structures allocate power across city officials and agencies (Part II), how civic and social forces interact with the organs of city government and organize to win control over these organs and/or their policy outputs (Part III), and what patterns of public goods and services cities produce for their residents (Part IV). The thematic and narrative structure allows students to dip into a topic in urban politics for deeper historical and comparative context than would be possible in either an A-to-Z encyclopedia entry or in an urban studies course text. FEATURES: Approximately 40 chapters organized in major thematic parts in one volume available in both print and electronic formats. Front matter includes an Introduction by the Editors along with biographical backgrounds about the Editors and the Contributing Authors. Back matter includes a compilation of relevant topical data or tabular presentation of major historical developments (population grown; size of city budgets; etc.) or historical figures (e.g., mayors), a bibliographic essay, and a detailed index. Sidebars are provided throughout, and chapters conclude with References & Further Readings and Cross References to related chapters (as links in the e-version). This Guide is a valuable reference on the topics in urban politics and policy in the United States. The thematic and narrative structure allows researchers to dip into a topic in urban politics for a deeper historical and comparative context than would be possible in either an A-to-Z encyclopedia entry or in an urban studies course text.

Projects That Matter

Author : Edmund Tsang
ISBN : 9781563770197
Genre : Education
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This volume, the 14th in a series of monographs on service learning and academic disciplinary areas, is designed as a practical guide for faculty seeking to integrate service learning into an engineering course. The volume also deals with larger issues in engineering education and provides case studies of service-learning courses. The articles are: (1) "What I Never Learned in Class: Lessons from Community-Based Learning" (Gerald S. Eisman); (2) "Service-Learning as a Pedagogy for Engineering: Concerns and Challenges" (Edmund Tsang); (3) "Service-Learning Reflection for Engineering: A Faculty Guide" (Jennifer Moffat and Rand Decker); (4) "How To Institutionalize Service-Learning into the Curriculum of an Engineering Department: Designing a Workable Plan" (Peter T. Martin and James Coles); (5) "Professional Activism: Reconnecting Community, Campus, and Alumni through Acts of Service" (Rand Decker); (6) "EPICS: Service-Learning by Design" (Edward J. Coyle and Leah H. Jamieson); (7) "Service-Learning in a Variety of Engineering Courses" (John Duffy); (8) "Integrating Service-Learning into Computer Science through a Social Impact Analysis" (C. Dianne Martin); (9) "Service-Learning: A Unique Perspective on Engineering Education" (Marybeth Lima); (10) "Integrating Service-Learning into 'Introduction to Mechanical Engineering'" (Edmund Tsang); (11) "Service-Learning and Civil and Environmental Engineering: A Department Shows How It Can Be Done" (Peter T. Martin); (12) "Cross-Cultural Service-Learning for Responsible Engineering Graduates" (David Vader, Carl A. Erikson, and John W. Eby); (13) "Assessment of Environmental Equity: Results of an Engineering Service-Learning Project" (Richard Ciocci); and (14) "Service-Learning in Engineering at the University of San Diego: Thoughts on First Implementation" (Susan M. Lord). Each article contains references. An annotated bibliography of 12 sources is attached. (SLD)

Disciplining Feminism

Author : Ellen Messer-Davidow
ISBN : 9780822383581
Genre : Education
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How was academic feminism formed by the very institutions it originally set out to transform? This is the question Ellen Messer-Davidow seeks to answer in Disciplining Feminism. Launched thirty years ago as a bold venture to cut across disciplines and bridge the gap between scholarly knowledge and social activism, feminism in the academy, the author argues, is now entrenched in its institutional structures and separated from national political struggle. Working within a firm theoretical framework and drawing on years of both personal involvement and fieldwork in and outside of academe, Messer-Davidow traces the metamorphosis of a once insurgent project in three steps. After illustrating how early feminists meshed their activism with institutional processes to gain footholds on campuses and in disciplinary associations, she turns to the relay between institutionalization and intellectualization, examining the way feminist studies coalesced into an academic field beginning in the mid-1970s. Without denying the successes of this feminist passage into the established system of higher learning, Messer-Davidow nonetheless insists that the process of institutionalization itself necessarily alters all new entrants—no matter how radical. Her final chapters look to the future of feminism in an increasingly conservative environment and to the possibilities for social change in general. Disciplining Feminism’s interdisciplinary scope and cross-sector analysis will attract a broad range of readers interested in women’s studies, American higher education, and the dynamics of social transformation.

Nature And History In Modern Italy

Author : Marco Armiero
ISBN : 9780821443477
Genre : Nature
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Is Italy il bel paese—the beautiful country—where tourists spend their vacations looking for art, history, and scenery? Or is it a land whose beauty has been cursed by humanity’s greed and nature’s cruelty? The answer is largely a matter of narrative and the narrator’s vision of Italy. The fifteen essays in Nature and History in Modern Italy investigate that nation’s long experience in managing domesticated rather than wild natures and offer insight into these conflicting visions. Italians shaped their land in the most literal sense, producing the landscape, sculpting its heritage, embedding memory in nature, and rendering the two different visions inseparable. The interplay of Italy’s rich human history and its dramatic natural diversity is a subject with broad appeal to a wide range of readers.


Author : Tim Jordan
ISBN : 1861891229
Genre : History
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From Europe to the USA, from Australia to South America, from the hard left to the extreme right, Tim Jordan introduces us to the partisan citizens who want to change the world.

Community Gardening As Social Action

Author : Claire Nettle
ISBN : 9781409455868
Genre : Philosophy
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Drawing on case studies and social movement theory Claire Nettle provides a new empirical and theoretical understanding of community gardening by applying a contextual framework that considers the activity as a way for people to engage in collective social action. Through this a richer, more complete understanding of community gardening as a form of social activity and of its potential contributions to activism, community, democracy and culture can be reached.

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