One of the few promising developments within social work during the current era of Reaganomics has been the revival of interest in community organizing strategies and methods. During he 1970s, most of the vitality in the community organizing field came from outside social work--from the grassroots community groups Harry Boyte described in THE BACKYARD REVOLUTION, from raining schools like the Midwest Academy and the Industrial Areas foundation, and from social movement organizations among women, minorities, gays, the elderly and the disabled. Now, in response o the pressures of severe resource cutbacks, shifts in national ideology and culture, and a less hospitable environment for the human services, social workers are rediscovering the role of community organization in creating and sustaining support for the programs and values with which social workers have historically been identified.

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