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A New Sociology of Civic Action

Paul Lichterman

in How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177519
eISBN:
9780691200040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177519.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter discusses how advocates for social change act. Advocates spend much of their time writing position papers, raising money, enduring meetings, or running educational workshops. All these ... More


Introduction: How about a Bigger Box?

Paul Lichterman

in How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177519
eISBN:
9780691200040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177519.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This introductory chapter provides an overview of social advocacy groups. Social advocates turn conditions into social problems. They craft compelling claims about the problems, and build campaigns ... More


Who Can Say What, Where, and How?: Follow the Claims Making

Paul Lichterman

in How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177519
eISBN:
9780691200040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177519.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter studies how advocates “construct” social problems through claims making. Claims are demands, criticisms, or declarative statements that actors make in relation to public debate. By ... More


What Is Winning?: How Style Shapes Goals, Strategies, and Trade-Offs

Paul Lichterman

in How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177519
eISBN:
9780691200040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177519.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter looks at scenes from the two main coalitions (Housing Justice and Tenants of South Los Angeles) to show just how different their campaigns were and why that matters, even though both ... More


How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles

Paul Lichterman

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177519
eISBN:
9780691200040
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177519.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This book renews the tradition of inquiry into collective, social problem-solving. The book follows grassroots activists, nonprofit organization staff, and community service volunteers in three ... More


Solving Problems by Protecting an Identity

Paul Lichterman

in How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177519
eISBN:
9780691200040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177519.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter follows the action in scenes from the earlier phase of the Tenants of South Los Angeles's antidisplacement campaign. When advocates style themselves as a community of identity, they give ... More


Placing and Studying the Action

Paul Lichterman

in How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780691177519
eISBN:
9780691200040
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691177519.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Urban and Rural Studies

This chapter examines the fight for housing affordability, which is just one instance of civic action. Advocates across the coalitions and organizations in this study talked about housing ... More


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