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Citizenship in the Global City: Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organizing in East London

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Further Reading

Rougeau, Vincent. Christians in the American Empire: Faith and Citizenship in the New World Order  (2008). Oxford University Press. This book challenges the argument that the United States is a Christian nation, and that the American founding and the American Constitution can be linked to a Christian understanding of the state and society. It also offers a new model for Christian public engagement in the American Empire.

Rougeau, Vincent. “Catholic Social Thought and the New Urbanism: A Shared Vision to Confront the Problem of Urban Sprawl?” in Recovering Self‐Evident Truths, Michael Scaperlanda and Theresa Colette eds. (2007). Catholic University Press. From a Catholic perspective, Rougeau discusses New Urbanism-- or the response to suburban sprawl that has come from the architectural profession--and the various challenges it has encountered in the areas of American local government and zoning law.

Rougeau, Vincent.“Enter the Poor: American Welfare Reform, Solidarity and the Capability of Human Flourishing,” in Transforming Unjust Structures: The Capability Approach, S. Deneulin, M. Nebel, and N. Sagovsky eds. (2005). Springer. Pointing to key cultural problems that prevent American law and public policy from geninely confronting poverty, Rougeau lays the groundwork for a reassessment of American welfare reform.

Gecan, Michael. Going Public: An Organizer's Guide to Citizen Action (2004). Anchor Books. Critical of the way big business and social service bureaucracies exploit vulnerable communities, Gecan urges citizens to get serious about political organizing if they hope to have a stake in their own communities.

Chambers, Edward. Roots for Radicals: Organizing for Power, Action, and Justice (2004). Continuum. Chambers offers a portrayal of the IAF (Industrial Areas Foundation) and its approach to community organizing.

Stout, Jeffrey. Blessed Are the Organized: Grassroots Democracy in America (2010). Princeton University Press. Stout comments on the successes and failures of grassroots organizing in the United States and offers insight into how to preserve the country's endangered democratic vaues.



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