American Community Organizations
A Historical Dictionary
by Melvin
November 1986, 252pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-24053-9
$64, £48, 54€, A92

An encyclopedic dictionary that treats organizations, persons, and federal legislation that document the history of grass-roots community organizing. . . . Highly recommended to academic libraries with programs in sociology, social work, local politics, and urban history, and to all urban public libraries. Choice

An encyclopedic dictionary that treats organizations, persons, and federal legislation that document the history of grass-roots community organizing. Focusing on neighborhood associations in the US from the 1880s to the present, the work includes more than 100 signed entries, which average one to two pages each. Numerous cross-references and thorough name and subject indexes are included. . . . [The] excellent bibliographic essay by Robert Fisher [contains] 12 pages of accessible books, articles, and papers on the topic as a whole and by time period. The editor has also provided a useful introductory essay on the changing notion of neighborhood. This well-planned and well-edited resource is further enhanced by its attractive typography and layout. Highly recommended to academic libraries with programs in sociology, social work, local politics, and urban history, and to all urban public libraries. Choice

This new historical dictionary brings together informaton about the formative years of community organization and material on the more recent explosion in the organization of America’s urban areas. The organizational activities included in this volume focus on the geographical community rather than on issue-oriented activities; are dedicated to the involvement of neighborhood residents in both the planning and implementation of local activities; and share a commitment to provide not only fuller services but also to serve as agents for potential social change.

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