Advancing the theory and practice of community transformation
This dissertation is based on the thesis that given the context of the current neoliberal corporate hegemony, community-based projects for creating a just and sustainable world require fortes of transformative community practice based on the social change mission and practices of new progressive social movements, such as contemporary social movements for economic justice. It is further my contention that these theories and practices do not develop in a vacuum, but they develop deliberately through a practice of social learning, drawing action from knowledge and knowledge from action. Therefore, through a mediation of emancipatory social theory and community practices, past and present, in each of the following chapters I have sought to analyze and advance the development of theories and practices of community transformation relevant to the work of community based organizations (CBOs). More specifically I have sought to apply my analysis of social theory to the context of efforts to address the structural root causes of community problems effecting California's working families, including the increase in working poverty and job insecurity, the lack of voice of working people and people of color in public policy, and the growing exploitation of low-wage immigrants and working women.
Area planning & development
0999: Area planning & development