Pragmatics of Community Organization (4th Edition) eBook

by Bill Lee

Recognizing that community practice takes place in a dynamic landscape, Lee provides a practical narrative of community work in his book, Pragmatics of Community Organization. He conceptualizes community as a dynamic network of interpersonal relations based on overlapping elements of geography, functions, attributes, and interests; all having specific boundaries and, to some extent, a definite consciousness. Lee sees community practice not only as planning or coordinating services to be more efficient, or correcting power imbalances in society; but, more so as a means of addressing the goals of empowerment and social justice. Lee’s passion and enthusiasm are revealed through this work. Compared to the first three editions, the fourth addresses the threat of human environmental degradation, the world financial upheaval, the importance of the Internet, and how social media affects community practice. It highlights the political character of the community and social workers’ role in it; and has sections on strategies and tactics of organizing, as well as diagrams to illustrate different concepts. It is also updated with a bibliography.

This book is appropriate for use as a course text in social work macro practice.

-excerpt from book review by Akin Taiwo, MSW, RSW, MPhil, MS; PhD Candidate – School of Social Work, University of Windsor


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3 reviews for Pragmatics of Community Organization (4th Edition) eBook

  1. Jane Cruikshank, PhD, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina

    A superb resource for students and community workers involved in grassroots organizing. By far the best text I have found for my community development course. An ideal text for students. It combines theory and practical information in a way that is both comprehensive and easy to understand. It will be a fine reference long after graduation.

  2. Renee Masching, First Nations Aids Task Force, Halifax

    This is the kind of book that you want to have on the bookshelf for easy reference. It should become tattered and worn over time from frequent use. This is a checkpoint – a guide to almost any community-based movement or part of the larger movement. It can keep you on track.

  3. Barbara Loevinger Rahder, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

    Embedded in a clear conceptual framework, Pragmatics of Community Organization is a practical, down-to-earth guide for community practice. This book is particularly valuable because It is a unique integration of (1) a practical “how-to” guide for community-based work; (2) a radical perspective on social justice; and (3) a gentle, non-judgmental plea to keep listening to, reflecting on, and learning from the diverse communities in which we work. For planning students and practitioners who are interested in working with grassroots communities, there is no more important book to read and keep on hand for frequent reference.

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