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McKnight, Jack. The Careless Society: Community and its Counterfeits. Philadelphia, PA: Basic Books, Reprint Edition, 1996. 
Considers how the efforts of "experts" may in fact be destroying neighborhoods; celebrates the ability of neighborhoods to heal from within. Focuses on four "counterfeiting" aspects of society: professionalism, medicine, human service systems, and the criminal justice system. Has reflections on Christian service and its transformation into carelessness.

McKnight, John and John Kretzmann. Building Communities from the Inside Out: A Path Toward Finding and Mobilizing a Community's Assets. ACTA Publications, 1997.
Studies successful community-building initiatives in hundreds of US neighborhoods. Asset-based development.

Medoff, Peter and Holly Sklar. Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood. Boston: South End Press, 1994.

Minkler, Meredith, ed. Community Organizing and Community Building for Health. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004.

Morgan, Robin. Fighting Words: A ToolKit for Combating the Religious Right. New York: Nation Books/Avalon Publishing, 2006. 

Morrison, John and Terry Mizrahi, eds. Community Organization and Social Administration: Advances, Trends, Emerging Principles. Haworth Press, 1993.
Documents the 2nd International Conference on Human Services Information Technology Applications in 1991. 

Mondros, Jacqueline and Scott Wilson. Organizing for Power and Empowerment (Empowering the Powerless: A social work). New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

MoveOn.org. MoveOn's 50 Ways to Love Your Country: How to Find Your Political Voice and Become a Catalyst for Change. Maui, HI: Inner Ocean Publishing, 2004.

Murray, Anne Firth. From Outrage to Courage: Women Taking Action for Health and Justice. Monroe, Maine: Common Courage Press, 2007.

Navarro, Juan Carlos. Community Organizations in Latin America. Inter-American Development Bank, 1995.
Published by the Centers for Research in Applied Economics, examines role of community organizations in reducing poverty in Venezuela, Costa Rica, and Chile.

Olasky, Marvin et al. Freedom, Justice, and Hope: Toward a Strategy for the Poor and the Oppressed. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1988.
I believe this book is rather controversial in some circles, because its emphasis is on what the poor can do for themselves and on the obstacles that exist to the poor helping other poor people.

Orfield, Myron W. Metropolitics: A Regional Agenda for Community and Stability. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press, 1997.

Perkins, John, ed. Restoring At-Risk Communities: Doing It Together and Doing It Right. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1995.
In-depth, how-to profiles 14 urban ministry professionals.

Perkins, John and John M. Perkins. Beyond Charity: The Call to Christian Community Development. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1993.
The urban poor are oppressed, observes Perkins, but not always in ways normally thought.

Pierce, Gregory. Activism That Makes Sense: Congregations and Community Organizations. ACTA Publications: Reprint Edition, 1997.

Rabrenovic, Gordana. Community Builders: A Tale of Neighborhood Mobilization in Two Cities (Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development). Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1996. 

Ramsay, Meredith. Community, Culture, and Economic Development: The Social Roots of Local Action. New York: State University of New York Press, 1996.

Reed, Gregory J. Economic Empowerment Through the Church: A Blueprint for Progressive Community Development. Zondervan Publishing Company, 1994.
A complete blueprint for community development economic empowerment for the church.

Rosenbloom, Richard and Robin Marris. Social Innovation in the City: New Enterprises For Community Development. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1969.

Rubin, Herbert and Irene. Community Organizing and Development. Allyn and Bacon; 3rd ed., 2000.

Schneekloth, Linda. Placemaking: the Art and Practice of Building Communities. New York: Wiley; 1st ed., 1995.
Advice for designers regarding the human requirements of place-making.

Schorr, Lisbeth. Common Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighbourhoods to Rebuild America. New York: Anchor; reprint edition, 1998.
Examines the problems of expanding a successful local project to a wider area, considers aspects of successful small programs that can be replicated.

Sen, Rinku and Kim Klein. Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Seo, Danny. Generation React: Activism for Beginners. New York: Braille International, 1998.
Oriented towards young people, by the founder of an environmental organization, covers publicity, fund-raising, organizing.

Shaffer, Carolyn R. and Kristin Anundsen. Creating Community Anywhere: Finding Support and Connection In a Fragmented World. New York: Jeremy P. Tarcher, 1993.
How to organize and grow groups that play, work, learn, and celebrate together across geography, age, and other boundaries.

Shanks, Pete. Human Genetic Engineering: A Guide for Activists, Skeptics, and the Very Perplexed. New York: Nation Books, 2005.
Indispensable guide to the scientific and ethical issues raised by stem cell research, human germline engineering and cloning.  

Shaw, Randy. The Activist's Handbook: A Primer For the 1990s and Beyond. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1996.
A true handbook, has detailed examples of action in a wide variety of areas - crime prevention, affordable housing, ecology, and etc. Analyzes campaigns that succeeded and some that failed. 

Sherman, Amy. Restorers of Hope: Reaching the Poor In Your Community With Church-Based Ministries That Work. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2004.
Notes the importance of both spiritual and temporal redemption, the existence of both structures of sin and personal responsibility, and how involvement at the level of the street and neighborhood is essential.

Shuman, Michael. Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities In a Global Age. Free Press, 1998.
Many communities are handing out corporate welfare to encourage businesses to relocate to their areas. Presents positive alternatives: (1) invest in locally-owned businesses like credit unions, cooperatives, community land trusts, municipally owned utilities, small worker-owned firms, community development corporations, local share-holder owned firms; (2) focus on import-replacing rather than export-led, i.e. reduce dependence on distant sources of energy, water, food, and basic materials; (3) eliminate many subsidies and change tax and trade laws. A challenge to conservative and liberals alike.  

Squires, Gregory D., ed. From Redlining to Reinvestment: Community Responses to Urban Disinvestment. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1993.

Squires, Gregory D. Capital and Communities in Black and White: Intersections of Race, Class, and Uneven Development. New York: State University of New York Press, 1994.

Staples, Lee. Roots to Power: A Manual For Grassroots Organizing. Praeger, 1984.
Rebuild your neighborhood, develop good jobs, improve schools, prepare for emergencies, or whatever else you need to do with the ideas and suggestions in this manual. 

Stoeckler, Randy. Defending Community: The Struggle For Alternative Redevelopment in Cedar-Riverside (Conflicts in Urban and Regional Development series).  Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1994.

Stout, Linda and Howard Zinn. Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing. Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1997.
Uses an organizing model with seven principles: focus on social change, work across lines of race and class, diversity of outreach and training, linking local and national issues, developing personal empowerment and organizational power, flexibility to meet changing circumstances.

Stoutland, Sara. Neither Urban Jungle nor Urban Village: Women, Families, and Community Development. New York: Garland Publishing, 1997.

Tinsley, Cynthia and Mary Wachter. Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: Building Communities That Work. Minneapolis, MN:  Fairview Press, 1996. 
A step-by-step plan for creating a more pleasant, less violent neighbourhood.

Trapani, Margi. Working Together Against Gang Violence (Library of Social Activism). Globe Fearon, 1998.
Unites young adults in activism against gang violence. 

Woodson, Robert. The Triumphs of Joseph: How Today's Community Healers Are Reviving Our Streets and Neighborhoods. Free Press, 1998. 
A story of moral regeneration through religious-based grassroots groups emphasizing self-help. The author is founder and president of the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise.

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