As communities face new social and ecomic challenges as well as political changes, the responsibilities for social services, housing needs, and welfare programs are being placed at the local government level. But can community-based organizations address these concerns effectively? The editors and contributors to Mobilizing Communities explore how these organizations are responding to these challenges, and how asset-based development efforts can be successful.
Gary Paul Green is Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author, most recently, of Workforce Development Networks in Rural Areas: Building the High Road. Ann Goetting is Professor of Sociology at Western Kentucky University. She is the author or editor of three previous books, including (with Sarah Fenstermaker), Individual Voices, Collective Visions: Fifty Years of Women in Sociology (Temple).