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.
Chapter 8: Community Organizing, Relationships, Collaboration, and Research: Lessons from the Fund for Community Organizing Initiative
Community Organizing, Relationships, Collaboration, and Research: Lessons from the Fund for Community Organizing Initiative
Enduring stereotypes of community organizing as a change strategy hold that it is confrontational, a stop-gap solution, difficult to measure, and promotes a parochialism that merely reinforces the geographic, racial, and class barriers that divide people. These stereotypes, however, are at odds with how community organizing is evolving. In our research, we found a broadening of strategy and tactics that have allowed groups to be flexible about whom they work with and how and what tools they use to pursue their goals. We also [Page 238]witnessed inclusive definitions of community organizing, definitions that emphasize relationships, ...