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Unformatted text preview: oppressed or disadvantaged group and the larger society Concepts in Community Organization and Community Building Practice o Empowerment Communities achieving equity, capacity to identify problems and solutions, participatory self-competence in political life of community People gain mastery of their lives and lives of communities o Critical consciousness: Consciousness based on reflection and action in making change o Community capacity: Community characteristics affecting its ability to identify, mobilize, address problems o Social capital: relationships between community members including trust, reciprocity, and civic engagement o Issue selection: identifying winnable and specific targets of change that unify and build community strength o Participation and relevance: community organizing should start where the people are and engage community members as equals...
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- Fall '06