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Jane Wills

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323037

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323037.001.0001

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Community organising: past, present and future

Community organising: past, present and future

(p.167) Six Community organising: past, present and future
Locating Localism

Jane Wills

Policy Press

This chapter takes a more organic approach to understanding community organisation. It focuses on the history of community organising in the USA, looking at the development of the Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago. The chapter focuses on the importance of links to the School of Sociology at the University of Chicago in the development of this model of organising. It highlights the emphasis on community-led problem solving that was pioneered in Chicago during the 1940s. The chapter then looks at the export of this model of politics to England in 1989 and its development in east London. Focusing on the work being done in Tower Hamlets, the chapter explores why different groups join the alliance Citizens UK, the challenges of population mobility and the importance of scale. In relation to the development of localism, it makes the case for greater emphasis to be focused on organising at the neighbourhood scale.

Keywords:   community organising, Chicago, School of Sociology, Industrial Areas Foundation, community-led problem solving, Citizens UK, Tower Hamlets

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