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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.

Race and Gender in Neighborhood Development Organizations
Race and gender in neighborhood development organizations
MarilynGittell, JillGross, and KatheNewman

There is a strong tradition of self-initiated local voluntary organizations in the U.S.; these organizations serve as important mediating agencies in the political system. Their activities range widely, reflecting the social and economic issues of a given era as well as the strength and appeal of larger social movements and the institutional policies of governments and foundations. Growth in certain kinds of organizations or changes in the programs of existing organizations can often be traced directly to Federal and state funding streams. Movement politics in the 1960s, particularly the civil rights movement, provided increased impetus to the development of grass roots organizations which dealt with local issues but also ...

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