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How Civic Action Works: Fighting for Housing in Los Angeles

Paul Lichterman


This book renews the tradition of inquiry into collective, social problem-solving. The book follows grassroots activists, nonprofit organization staff, and community service volunteers in three coalitions and twelve organizations in Los Angeles as they campaign for affordable housing, develop new housing, or address homelessness. The book shows that to understand how social advocates build their campaigns, craft claims, and choose goals, we need to move beyond well-established thinking about what is strategic. The book presents a pragmatist-inspired sociological framework that illuminates core ... More

Keywords: unaffordable housing, homelessness, Los Angeles, collective action, social problem-solving, affordable housing, social advocates, advocacy campaigns, affordability, environmental sustainability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780691177519
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691177519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Lichterman, author
University of Southern California