Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9¼
978-0-7425-5931-8 • Hardback • June 2007 • $102.00 • (£78.00)
978-0-7425-5932-5 • Paperback • June 2007 • $34.00 • (£26.00)
Subjects: Social Science / Minority Studies
, Law / General
, Law / Civil Rights
, Law / Environmental
, Law / Public
, Political Science / Essays
, Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
, Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
, Social Science / Social Classes & Economic Disparity
, Social Science / Social Work
, Social Science / Sociology / Urban
Andrew L. Barlow, a long-time civil rights activist, is visiting associate professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley, and professor of sociology at Diablo Valley College. He is also the author of Between Fear and Hope: Globalization and Race in the United States.
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Transformative Collaborations: Professionals and Minority Community Power
Chapter 3 Creating a New World: Transformative Lawyering for Social Change
Chapter 4 Organizing Education: Academic Research and Community Organizing for Social Reform
Chapter 5 LULUs of the Field: Research and Activism for Environmental Justice
Chapter 6 The Production of Knowledge and Community Empowerment: Organizing and Research on Youth Violence
Chapter 7 Private Troubles and Public Issues
Academics who want their work to be useful in public policy debates would do well to use the case studies in this book as a reference manual. Barlow's contributors provide real life examples of the way social science research can frame issues and validate community demands for change—without giving up the methodological rigor, creativity, and objectivity scientific inquiry requires. The book provides refreshingly clear-eyed accounts of the tensions and rewards of working with community-based groups, while consistently reminding us of the power dynamics that underlay the production of knowledge and its use in political debates. Collaborations for Social Justice should be required reading for introductory and graduate courses in the social sciences, schools of law, education, and environmental studies, and for new grantmakers. It is a little gem of a book, full of nuggets of insight and wisdom about social change work in contemporary America.
— Katherine McFate, The Ford Foundation
Collaborations for Social Justice addresses some of the most critical and most overlooked questions in the fight for social justice in this country today. By so doing it offers us an exciting vision of the impact low income communities can have on issues of importance to us all. I thank the authors for both their commitment and their contribution to the struggle.
— Barbara Lee, U.S. Congresswoman
This book offers lawyers and other professionals a powerful vision of a career in service to social justice. The authors include a number of prominent academics, educators, and lawyers who have been on the front lines of California's historic battles for equality for many years. Collaborations for Social Justice will inspire a generation of students and young professionals with its fresh ideas and compelling call to action.
— Eva Paterson, president, Equal Justice Society