The task of organizing groups of activists that will toil toward solving their problems is the ideological basis of community organization in general, and especially self-help programs in particular. After reviewing literature on the subject and conducting in-depth interviews with community organizers that succeeded in activating groups of community residents, a general model is presented. This model describes the basic stages and principal contents the group acquires during their progression from a collection of individuals suffering from a specific problem, to an active organization that solves problems. The model may be used by field workers, instructors and supervisors, and community organization teachers.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)