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ALINSKY RECONSIDERED: A RELUCTANT COMMUNITY THEORIST

Donald C. REITZES and Dietrich C. REITZES
Social Science Quarterly
Vol. 63, No. 2 (June, 1982), pp. 265-279
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42861008
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

Underlying Alinsky's community organization strategies is a theoretical orientation which recognizes: (1) the fragmented, partial, and multiple levels of community social structure; (2) that communitywide identification is less the product of mechanical solidarity than a conscious response to perceived adversaries; and (3) that the task of community organization is to represent the community in negotiations with external organizations and institutions. A community of limited liability approach is used to synthesize Alinsky's perspective and to argue for a broader appreciation of his application and extension of community theory.

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