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Eberly College of Arts and Sciences


Social Work


Neighborhood associations are one of the most ubiquitous types of voluntary organization. This paper reviews a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives on the concept of neighborhood and the various organized expressions of neighborhood organizing in rural and urban communities.

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Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and voluntary Action. Montreal Canada. November, 2002. A revised version of one section of this paper was published as Community Centers and Settlement Houses. in the Encyclopedia of Appalachia. Ruth Abramson and Jean Haskell, Eds. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. 2006. 165-166.



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