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The Religious and Political Perspective of Community Organizing

in Cultural Dilemmas of Progressive Politics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780226318172
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226318196 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226318196.003.0003
The Religious and Political Perspective of Community Organizing

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The ideas that underlie and inform faith-based community organizing are a creative, although sometimes uneasy, melding of concepts from various Christian social action traditions and the philosophy of community organizing articulated by Saul Alinsky. To introduce this perspective, this chapter briefly reviews its religious and political sources and then recounts the story of a thoughtful priest who is a core participant in Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH). The chapter describes four key concepts that largely define the perspective: power, self-interest, relationships, and values.

Keywords: community organizing; social action; Saul Alinsky; Milwaukee Innercity Congregations Allied for Hope; power; self-interest; relationships

Chapter.  14188 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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