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Activist Scholar highlights Professor Gittell’s writings on community organizations, citizen participation, urban politics, the politics of education, and gender. She specialized in applied and comparative research on local, regional, national, and international policies and politics, and placed a high priority on training researchers and scholars. Marilyn Gittell was a mentor to hundreds of students in the City University of New York system, and her legacy of activism continues as her students, now on the faculties of universities across the nation, engage in important work globally.

Social Capital and Social Change: Women's Community Activism
Social capital and social change: Women's community activism
MarilynGittell, IsoldaOrtega-Bustamante, and TracySteffy
Democratic Localism, Social Capital, and Women's Activism

The literature on community organizations and community participation recognizes the strong relationship between citizen participation and local democracy. The shift toward identifying with a group, sharing values, and developing trust is significant to the creation of social capital and civic action. The accumulation of social capital is an outcome of association, which can be called on for civic action. Members acting together in association with common values and norms are able to build networks among themselves and with others, further increasing the strength of their social capital. Networking leads to the formation of coalitions, increased status, and increased power to influence ...

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