With the ever-expanding boom of grassroots organizations and their growing importance for public policy, many organizations have been forced to rethink the effects of social, economic, and political disparities in society. This collection of essential essays and case studies will help activists, researchers, and students engage in this process of reevaluation and strategizing. Grassroots Social Action explores power negotiations and examines effective and ineffective community actions from the bottom up. Willie and his colleagues focus on the influence of common people in relation to hierarchical forms of social order. Paying special attention to nine case studies, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the chapters show the complementary relationship between dominant and subdominant people in public policymaking. Grassroots Social Action offers a critical and empowering assessment of how change occurs in communities.
Charles V. Willie is Charles W. Eliot Professor of Education Emeritus, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University David A. Willard is a doctoral student in Administrative Planning and Social Policy at Harvard University Steven P. Ridini is vice president of programs at The Medical Foundation
Chapter 1: Theoretical and Conceptual Issues in Effective Community Action Part 1 Part I: Concepts, Theories and Illustrations Part 2 Part II: Education Case Studies of Grassroots Social Action Chapter 2: A Perfect Grassroots Movement: The Montgomery Bus Boycott Chapter 3: The Alpha Case Study on Human Sexuality and Health Education Part 3 Part III: Political Case Studies of Grassroots Social Action Part 4 Part IV: Conclusions and Implications Chapter 4: A Grassroots Tale of Fighting High Stakes Testing in New York Part 5 Part V: About the Authors Chapter 5: Creation of the Africana Studies Center at Cornell University Chapter 6: Community Action in Lemon Grove For and Against Integrated Education Chapter 7: A Comparative Analysis of Grassroots Studies in Education Chapter 8: Freedom Rides in Southern States Chapter 9: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party Chapter 10: Toxic Waste and Environmental Justice in Warren County, North Carolina Chapter 11: The Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama Chapter 12: A Comparative Analysis of Grassroots Studies in Politics Chapter 13: Conclusions