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Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy (Princeton Studies in American Politics) Paperback – May 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0691074320 ISBN-10: 0691074321

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  • Series: Princeton Studies in American Politics
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691074321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691074320
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Warren has produced something unusual in democratic theory: a masterful combination of theory and observation that is original, readable, and important. It deserves a spot on the shelf of every student of democracy."--Choice

"Warren has done . . . a great service with his careful fieldwork, ample documentation and nicely written reporting . . . A fine introduction to what I , like Warren, believe to be an extremely important and promising social movement."--Mary Jo Bane, America

"Anyone interested in community organizing, grassroots mobilization, or the controversies surrounding faith-based politics should read Mark R. Warren's first book, Dry Bones Rattling. His painstaking book stirs the democratic imagination."--Archon Fung, Boston Review

"Dry Bones Rattling stands as an important contribution to the ongoing conversation about the future of American civil society. All the big issues are here. . . . This is a timely book."--Mitchell L. Stevens, Social Forces

"An excellent political ethnography that offers an engaging analysis of how to build social capital, forge multiracial cooperation, and, above all, revitalize democratic participation and civic engagement in American society. . . . It provides us with a critical understanding as well as a tangible example of the elements that are needed to bring about a more inclusive and viable vision of civic engagement and revitalized democracy in a racially and ethnically diverse American society in the twenty-first century."--Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, Journal of Politics

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"Mark Warren's comprehensive case study of the Industrial Areas Foundation is a major contribution to the growing literature on coalition politics. Indeed, it is the best empirical study ever written on multiracial collaboration to address social inequality. Featuring careful and systematic analysis of rich data on local organizing, Dry Bones Rattling will be ancinfluential book and is must reading for those committed to revitalizing American democracy through interracial political cooperation."--William Julius Wilson, Harvard University

"Dry Bones Rattling is timely, important, and inspiring. Timely, because this study of the most successful faith-based movement for social justice in America appears just as faith-based social initiatives have reached the top of the national political agenda. Important, because it is a deeply grounded contribution to the rapidly growing field of social capital theory. Inspiring, because by showing how civic malaise has been reversed in some of the nation's most impoverished, ethnically divided settings, this book should raise the aspirations of democratic reformers. Must reading for social theorists and civic activists."--Robert Putnam, Harvard University, author of Making Democracy Work

"Mark Warren has written a comprehensive and insightful analysis of a profoundly important community-based movement. I have seen how the Industrial Areas Foundation organizations this book examines have revitalized communities across America, both physically and spiritually. In San Antonio, the city I know best, I watched Communities Organized for Public Service empower poor neighborhoods and give voice to their concerns. Capable new leaders emerged and the city entered a new era of citizen democracy. Dry Bones Rattling provides a compelling eyewitness account of the transformations these organizations bring, showing us a sacred force rooted in human dignity at work."--Henry Cisneros, Chairman and CEO of American CityVista

"Dry Bones Rattling is an important addition to the literature on community organizations, populist politics, and--more than anything--religion-based politics."--James Morone, Brown University

"Original scholarship built on strong ethnographic work, Warren's book is among the best of the outstanding scholarship on the dilemmas of American democracy that has emerged in recent years. As such it will be highly useful to specialists on grassroots movements and on the intersection of religion and politics in American life, as well as broadly useful to political scientists and political sociologists. This is excellent scholarly work on an important political phenomenon that until now has eluded adequate scholarly attention."--Richard L. Wood, University of New Mexico, author of Faith in Action

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Mark R. Warren is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is a sociologist and has published widely on community organizing and on efforts to build alliances across race and class to revitalize urban communities, reform public education and expand democracy. Please visit his website at www.mark-warren.com.

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James Bernard on October 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
Most books from the Ivory Tower about community organizers tend to leave out the human side of things. Instead, Warren makes such efforts come alive on a human level. Not only does he capture the challenges the group faces, he captures the story. He lets the organizers speak directly to the reader. As more and more of the nation's big cities become "majority minority," we will need books like this one that address head-on thorny issues of cross-racial cooperation. Bottom line: it's a very entertaining read.
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By Ling on August 21, 2014
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. B. Reznik on October 24, 2008
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My professor used this book for a civic engagement class. The book examines a model of mobilizing citizens to achieve a common good. While it discusses using a religious foundation to define common moral good and how the church is an inevitable base for community organizing in the poorest neighborhoods in the United States, it also realizes the limitations of religion. Also, the organization examined in Dry Bones Rattling, IAF, attempted to bridge social capital based on a model of only bridging racial differences. Warren effectively demonstrates that it is futile to bridge solely along racial lines and limit the societal battle only against racism because concerns about education, economic issues and healthcare are other problems that our society faces.
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