This page is meant to serve as a communal resource on community organizing. Unlike the other resource pages that are divided by source, this page is organized by topic, as 'community organizing' is a very broad field with much exciting research. While I have done my best to stay as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible, please feel free to make any suggestions! There are so many resources on community organizing, this is merely a brief, brief glimpse. To view articles and abstracts, click on any of the titles.

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Identifying community organizing as distinct from other social practices, such as community development.

  • Capraro, J. (2004). Community Organizing + Community Development = Community Transformation. Journal of Urban Affairs, 26(2), 151-161.
  • Fisher, R., & DeFilippis, J. (2015). Community Organizing in the United States. Community Development Journal, 50(3), 363-379.
  • Fisher, R., & Shragge, E. (2000). Challenging Community Organizing: Facing the 21st  Century. Journal of Community Practice, 8(3), 1-19.
  • iller, S. M., Rein, M., & Levitt, P. (1995). Community Action in the United States. Community Development Journal, 25(4), 356-368.
  • Rothman, J., & Tropman, J. E. (1987). Models of Community Organization and Macro Practice: Their Mixing and Phasing. In F. M. Cox, J. L. Erlich, J. Rothman, & J. E. Tropman (Eds.), Strategies of Community Organization, 4th Edition (pp. 3-26). Itasca, IL: Peacock.
  • Sites, W., Chaskin, R. J., & Parks, V. (2007). Reframing Community Practice for the 21st Century: Multiple Traditions, Multiple Challenges. Journal of Urban Affairs, 29(5), 519-541.
  • Speer, P. W., & Hughey, J. (1995). Community Organizing: An Ecological Route to Empowerment and Power. American Journal of Community Psychology, 23(5), 729-748.
  • Stoecker, R. (2010, September 2). Has the Fight Gone Out of Organizing? Shelter Force. Retrieved from


  • Martinson, M., & Su, C. (2012). Contrasting Organizing Approaches: The “Alinsky Tradition” and Freirian Organizing Approaches. In M. Minkler (Ed.), Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare (pp. 59-77). New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
  • Rubin, H. J., & Rubin, I. S. (1991). A Thumbnail Sketch of the History of Community Organizing. In Community Organizing and Development, 2nd Edition. Prentice Hall.



  • M. T. Garcia (Ed.). (2008). A Dolores Huerta Reader. Las Cruces: University of New Mexico Press.
  • Orosco, J. (2008). Cesar Chavez and the Common Sense of Nonviolence. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press.
  • Stavans, I. (2008). Cesar Chavez: An Organizer’s Tale. Penguin Books.


  • Stall, S., & Stoecker, R. (1998). Community Organizing or Organizing Community? Gender and the Crafts of Empowerment. Gender & Society, 12(6), 729-756.


  • Bradshaw, C., Soifer, S., & Gutierrez, L. (1994). Toward a Hybrid Model for Effective Organizing in Communities of Color. Diversity and Development in Community Practice, 1(1), 25-41.
  • Erlich, J., & Rivera, F. (1992). Community Organizing in a Diverse Society. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Gutierrez, L. M., & Lewis, E. A. (1994). Community Organizing with Women of Color: A Feminist Approach. Journal of Community Practice, 1(2), 23-44.
  • Gutierrez, L. M., & Lewis, E. A. (2012). Education, Participation, and Capacity Building in Community Organizing with Women of Color. In M. Minkler (Ed.), Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare, Third Edition (pp. 215-228). New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Hyde, C. A. (2004). Gendered Perceptions of Community Needs and Concerns. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 8(4), 45-65.
  • Rivera, F. G., & Erlich. J. L. (1997). Community Organizing in a Diverse Society (3rd Edition). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Salomon, L. R. (2003). Roots of Justice: Stories of Organizing in Communities of Color. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Young Laing, B. (2009). A Critique of Rothman’s and Other Standard Community Organizing Models: Toward Developing a Culturally Proficient Community Organizing Framework. Community Development, 40(1), 20-36.


  • Minkler, M. (Ed.). (2012). Community Organizing and Community Building for Health and Welfare, Third Edition. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Sen, R. (2003). Stir It Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy. San Franciso, CA: Jossey-Bass.