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Advancing the theory and practice of community transformation


2004 2004

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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.

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Subject
Urban planning;
Area planning & development
Classification
0999: Urban planning
0999: Area planning & development
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; California; Community transformation; Families; Poverty; Social movements
Title
Advancing the theory and practice of community transformation
Author
Vargas, Marcos Charles
Number of pages
474
Publication year
2004
Degree date
2004
School code
0031
Source
DAI-A 66/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
0542052466, 9780542052460
Advisor
Estrada, Leobardo; Ong, Paul
University/institution
University of California, Los Angeles
University location
United States -- California
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3169160
ProQuest document ID
305208601
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305208601
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