Community Organizing: Building Social Capital as a by Ross J. Gittell

By Ross J. Gittell

This ebook offers new insights into a huge nationwide group improvement problem: easy methods to stimulate the formation of certainly community-based companies and potent citizen motion in neighborhoods that experience no longer spawned those efforts spontaneously.

Using overview examine and specified comparative examine of group improvement job in 3 diversified demonstration websites; Little Rock, New Orleans and Palm seashore county, the authors determine key components of creating social capital which strongly have an effect on group improvement.

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The final staff position filled was the local L I S C program director. T h e program directors at the demonstration sites were selected primarily using standard L I S C criteria. This included that directors have experience in housing finance, interact well with the private sector, and have the ability to work well with community residents. Notes 1. Wilson (1987) first made "social isolation" from job networks and "mainstream role models" a major issue in the urban poverty equation. However, this motivated relatively little interest or research directly addressing social capital, and the spatial organization of social capital, until Putnam's (1993) and Wilson's (1996) subsequent work (Briggs, 1998, p.

The discussion is intended to both position the L I S C demonstration relative to other efforts in the field and use a description of a broad range o f practices to provide informed expectations about what the L I S C demonstration could reasonably be expected to accomplish. Community Development Corporations (CDCs) The C D C movement is the most relevant to our understanding o f the context for and dynamics of the L I S C national demonstration program (thus, we devote more attention to this activity than the others).

Granovetter, and Burt is that perhaps the greatest potential value o f the L I S C demonstration was its effort to strengthen the foundation on which community development depends by instituting processes to increase social capital bonds and bridges and fill structural holes in community political and social space to the benefit o f local residents. Limits to Social Capital Construction and the USC Demonstration Increasing social capital where it is currently lacking is a challenging undertaking.

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