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Contesting Community
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What do community organizations and organizers do, and what should they do? 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. It 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. Community and Its Discontents
  2. pp. 7-34
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  1. 2. History Matters: Canons, Anti-canons, and Critical Lessons from the Past
  2. pp. 35-66
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  1. 3. The Market, the State, and Community in the Contemporary Political Economy
  2. pp. 67-97
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  1. 4. “It Takes a Village”: Community as Contemporary Social Reform
  2. pp. 98-133
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  1. 5. What’s Left in the Community?
  2. pp. 134-164
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  1. 6. Radicalizing Community
  2. pp. 165-182
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 183-197
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 199-210
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  1. About the Authors
  2. p. 211
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