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Books, Articles and Audiovisual Materials:

Adint, Victor. Working Together Against Crime (Library of Social Activism). Rosen Publishing Group; 1st ed., 1996.
Examines the problem of crime, why people commit crimes, and ways that teens can get involved in crime prevention to make their communities safer. 

Alinksy, Saul D. Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals. New York, NY: Vintage Publishing, 1989.

Andrews, Dave. Building a Better World: Developing Communities of Hope in Troubled Times. Crossroad Pub Co, 1998.
Indexed with keywords Roman Catholicism, city planning, urban development, community.

Baumgardner, Jennifer, Amy Richards and Winona LaDuke. Grassroots : A Field Guide for Feminist Activism.  New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005. 

Belensky, Mary Field, Lynne A. Bond and Jacqueline S. Weinstock. A Tradition That Has No Name: Nurturing the development of people, families, and communities. Basic Books, 1999.
Four women report projects that uphold "women's ways of knowing".

Berk, Stephen. A Time to Heal: John Perkins, Community Development, and Racial Reconciliation. Baker Book House, 1997.
A detailed narrative of the life of this renowned African American community development pioneer.

Berkowitz, William. Community Impact: Creating Grass Roots Change in Hard Times. Rochester, VT: Schenkman Books, Inc., 1982.

Bobo, Kimberley A, Jackie Kenoall and Steve Max. Organizing for Social Change: Midwest Academy Manual for Activists 3rd ed. Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks Press, 2001.

Brager, George, Harry Specht and James L. Torczyner. Community Organizing. New York: Columbia University Press, Second edition, 1987.

Chavis, Melody Ermachild. Altars in the Street: A Neighborhood Fights to Survive. New York: Harmony, 1997.
Chronicles community-level social action and spiritual development in Lorin, an interracial neighborhood on Berkeley's south side plagued by drugs and crime, from the viewpoint of a mother raising children.

Conn, Harvie M. Planting and Growing Urban Churches: From dream to reality. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1997.
From a Protestant perspective, discusses "church planting" in cities, with examples of successful urban efforts. 

Fisher, Robert. Let the People Decide: Neighborhood organizing in America (Social Movements Past and Present). Boson, MA: Twayne Publishes, 1997.
Updated and revised, studies the period 1886 to the 1980s.

Flood, Nancy Bohac. Working Together Against World Hunger (The Library of Social Activism Series). New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 1994.

Friedmann, John. Empowerment: The Politics of Alternative Development. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1992.

Gittell, Ross and Avis Vidal. Community Organizing: Building Social Capital as a Development Strategy. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 1998.
Social capital are ideas and structures that support good things -- a diverse collection, it could also be referred to as citizenship, civic virtue, things like showing up for work on time, giving a good days work for a good days pay, etc. 

Glazer, Nathan and Jim Rooney. Organizing the South Bronx. New York: State University of New York Press, 1995.
A study of the process by which the residents of an impoverished urban neighborhood were educated and organized to fight the city government for vacant land and build low-cost, owner-occupied housing. Such organizing, mainly working through traditional churches, is rapidly growing in the US and has close relatives in Latin America.

Golas, Suzanne. Called To Lead: Leadership Development in a Small Community Context: Leader's manual. New York: Paulist Press, 1994.

Goldsmith, Marshall, Richard Beckhard and Richard F. Schubert, eds. The Drucker Foundation: The Community of the Future (J-B Drucker Foundation Series). Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Gunn, Christopher and Hazel Dayton Gunn. Reclaiming Capital: Democratic Initiatives and Community Development. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1991.

Halpern, Robert. Rebuilding the Inner City: A History of Neighborhood Initiatives to Address Poverty in the United States. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.
Chronicles the efforts of geographically defined organizations to shape the course of life in US cities throughout the 20th century.
Hamdi, Nabeel and Reinhard Goethert. Action Planning for Cities: A Guide to Community Practice. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
Proposes an alternative approach and practical guide to planning which is grounded in community needs with immediate objectives.

Henton, Douglas, John G. Melville and Kimberly Walesh. Grassroots Leaders for a New Economy: How Civic Entrepreneurs are Building Prosperous Communities. Hoboken, NJ: Jossey-Bass, 1997.
Three of the founders of Joint Venture (a regional alliance dedicated to improving the economy and quality of life in their community) outline their processes of civic entrepreneurship.

Homan, Mark.S. Promoting Community Change: Making It Happen in the Real World. New York: Wadsworth Publishing, 2003.

Hurwitz, Eugene and Sue. Working Together Against Homelessness (The Library of Social Activism Series). New York: Rosen Publishing Group, 1st ed., 1994.
Briefly considers causes and controversies surrounding hopelessness, but concentrates on practical aspects of helping homeless shelters. 

Klee, Sheila. Working Together Against School Violence (The Library of Social Activism Series). Globe Fearon, 1998.
Considers the causes of violence and possible ways for young people to take action. 

Knoepfle, Peg, ed. After Alinsky: Community Organizing in Illinois. Institute for Public Affairs, 1990.

Levy, Barrie and Patricia Occhiuzzo Giggans. 50 Ways to a Safer World: Everyday Actions You Can Take to Prevent Violence in Neighbourhoods, Schools, and Communities. Seattle: Seal Press, 1997. 
Accessible and easy to understand, practical actions.

Maceachern, Diane. Enough is Enough: the Hellraisers' Guide to Community Activism. New York: Avon Books, 1994.

MacLeod, Gregory. From Mondragon to America: Experiments in Community Economic Development. New Brunswick, Canada: Goose Lane Editions, 1998. 
The Mondragon cooperatives of the Basque region of Spain grow out of the teaching of the social justice doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. In the 1950s, five people joined together in a cooperative to make paraffin stoves in a garage. Today, the Mondragon cooperatives have more than 30,000 owner-employees in over 100 different enterprises, doing everything from manufacturing machine tools to distributing groceries

Malone, Walter. From Holy Power to Holy Profits: the Black Church and Community Economic Development. Chicago, IL: African American Images, 1st edition, 1994.

Maser, Chris. Sustainable Community Development: Principles and Concepts. Boca Raton: Saint Lucie Press, 1996. 
Present a community-directed process of development based on human values, active learning, shared communication and cooperation.

Mattessich, Paul and Barbara Monsey. Community Building: What Makes It Work, a Review of Factors Influencing Successful Community Building. Saint Paul, MN: Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 1997.
Discusses 28 factors that are keys to successful community building.

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