Urban Action Networks is a study of how communities organize in response to threats to their lives and well being. As HIV/AIDS wreaked havoc on the worlds of some of the most marginal and disenfranchised people in New York, they came together to create a shared response, forming a new organizational field within which their various efforts were coordinated. How the communities of the most affected people organized, reorganized, and redefined the social and political context of HIV/AIDS offers an encouraging glimpse into the way in which marginal communities can convert shared needs into collective action.
Howard Lune is associate professor of Sociology at Hunter College, CUNY.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Boundaries and Borders Chapter 2 Formal and Informal Responses, 1981-1991 Chapter 3 A New Field of Work Chapter 4 Collective Identity and Re-organization Chapter 5 HIV/AIDS, Drug Use, and Zero Tolerance, 1985-1990 Chapter 6 The ACT UP Years Chapter 7 A New State-Centered Strategy Chapter 8 Urban Action Networks Chapter 9 Afterword