Resources for Social Change
Labor in the Global Economy
Poverty and Cities
Race, Class and Gender
Action Briefs: Info about current social issues.
ANOTHER SIDE : The yearly journal of the Michael Harrington Center
LABOR IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
Missing the Connection: Social Isolation and Employment on the Brooklyn
Hunter College and Graduate Center of the City University of New
Long Island University.
Kasinitz and Rosenberg present a case study of one poor inner city
neighborhood in order to consider how social isolation limits job
prospects, thereby challenging the effectiveness of "Enterprise" or
"Empowerment" Zones for mitigating poverty.
The Politics of Occupational Safety and Health in the Postindustrial Economy,
Analyses the failure of OSHA to adequately address the dangers
posed to workers using Video Display Terminals (VDT).
Some Notes on the Japanese Work Experience: Toyota—A Case Study, 1991.
Department of Economics, Nihon Fukushi University, Japan.
Nohara examines Toyota's production methods and presents a
picture of the average workers in a large Japanese company.
Israel's Political Culture and the Middle East Conflict, 1991.
Bar-On analyzes the attitudes and articles of faith that underpin
Israeli political culture today and make the resolution of the
Arab-Israeli conflict difficult to attain.
Israel and the PLO: From Negotiating a "Peace of Paper" to Implementing
"Peace on the Ground", 1993.
Department of History, Queens College
Rosenblum discusses how the Israeli/PLO peace negotiations have
begun an ideological revolution in the occupier-occupied
relationship that has defined and distorted Israeli and Palestinian
Holy Warriors vs. Peacemakers: A Terrorist Breakdown or a Negotiating
Analyzes the terrorist tragedies and the negotiating difficulties and
triumphants that have marked the unfolding drama in the Mid-East.
Euphoria with the King, Angst with Arafat, Anticipation with Asad: Hope
Examines the implications of the Jordanian and Israeli agreement.
POVERTY AND CITIES
The Culture of Achievement Among the Poor: The Case of Mothers and
Children in a Head Start Program, 1993.
Delmos J. Jones
Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Drawing upon a descriptive study of parents and children in a Head
Start Program, Jones shows that contrary to the culture of poverty
arguments about the dependency of the poor, the desire for success
is one of the most important elements in their lives.
From Shelters to Housing: Homeless Families in New York City, 1991.
Lehman College, City University of New York
Kirchheimer traces the history and causes of homelessness in New
York City from 1978 - 1990.
London and New York 1992.
Susanne G. MacGregor
Head of the School of Sociology and Social Policy at Middlesex
Professor of Politics, Birkbeck College, London.
MacGregor and Lipow compare the nature of and approaches to
the social problems in New York and London.
Unequal Slices: The Distribution of Government and Private Funding
New York City, 1997.
Analyses how poor communities in outer boroughs are short changed by public and private funding
streams and suggests remedies.
Attitudes Toward Work and Schooling of a Group of Low Income Latino and
African-American Youth in New York City 1993.
New York University
Based upon work with Latino and African-American youth at a youth
center in Brooklyn, New York, Wamba found that low-income
adolescents possess comparable beliefs about education and work
to other youth. What is interpreted as poor work and school attitudes
and lack of motivation actually represent their assessment of their
chances of succeeding at school or on the job.
Needle Exchange, 1995.
Newsclipping packet reporting on research which demonstrates the
efficacy of needle exchange and legalization of needle sales in
combating the spread of AIDS.
Six Little Secrets About Health Care Reform, 1993.
Michael A. Krasner
Department of Political Science, Queens College
Krasner describes six, neglected, essential points that could
influence our understanding of health care reform.
The Drug Peace Forum, Video, 1992.
Department of Sociology, Queens College
The Drug Peace Forum critically examines the war on drugs in New
York and America today and offers ways to reduce the harmfulness
of drug use while increasing public health, public safety, civil
liberties and justice.
$50 for Institutions; $25 for Individuals
Exposing Marijuana Myths: A Review of the Scientific Evidence, 1995.
Lynn Zimmer and John P. Morgan
Reprints of an analysis made possible by the Lindesmith Center
which reviews the scientific evidence undermining the claims of the
War on Drugs' advocates regarding marijuana's toxicity.
RACE, CLASS AND GENDER
Feminism and Science, 1994.
SUNY at Purchase
Baskin explores the place of women in science, how science has
conceived of women, and the role of gender ideology in shaping the
nature and methods of science.
Race-Class Interactionism, 1991.
Director, The Michael Harrington Center
Franklin explores how the over-representation of blacks in the lower
class casts shadows that stigmatize working- and middle-class
The Response to Black Youth Crime by a New Breed of Bleeding Heart
Raymond S. Franklin
Speaks to the race coding of the concern voiced by conservatives
connecting teenagers' out of wedlock births and crime.
This Country Don't Owe Nobody Nothing! 1994.
Psychotherapist, San Francisco, California.
Rubin talks about the ethnic and racial tensions that have been
heightened as an economy of scarcity makes itself felt in the lives of
Color-Full Before Color Blind: the Emergence of Multiracial Neighborhood
Politics in Queens, New York City, 2000.
Sanjek's case study of Elmhurst-corona shows how grassroots community
groups can create multiracial coalitions and use local government agencies
to improve public and private services. Sanjek focuses on grassrooots women's
leadership which very effectively undermined attempts to blame newcomers for
Counteracting the Violence at Home: Jewish, Arab, and African Americans
Working Together, 1996.
Report made possible by a Nathan Cummings Foundation grant
which outlines how community leaders can come together to
decrease intergroup tensions and foster understanding as a
prerequisite to pursuing common goals.
Conspiracy Theories in the African American Community: "Ethnosociologies"
for the 1990's, 1992.
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Denison University,
Waters argues that the best approach to recent African-American
conspiracy theories is to treat them as theoretical explanations for
social phenomena which serve both to provide a working
knowledge of the social and political world and to mobilize people
for political action.
What's Left, 1992.
Franklin reflects upon what is happening to the "left" after the
breakup of the Soviet Union and the inability of the "left" to
conceptualize an approach to modern market systems.
is Happening to Civil society?, 1997.
John D. Vogelsang
Addresses the Changing structure of civil society and its role in preserving
ACTION BRIEF SERIES
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The War at Home
Reforming Social Security
The Faith-Based Initiative
A Social Agenda for the New Presidency
The Uninsured: Some Gains But Persistent Needs
Restoring Justice to the Criminal Justice System
Continued Disparities Amidst the Economic Boom
The Tax Cut Political Game
Rebuilding an Agenda for Low-Income Families
Responding to Homelessness
Constructing the Response to Poverty
Welfare "Reform"-Second Year
An Update on the Economic Status of Women
Religion and Democratic Dialogue
What is Happening to Civil Society?
Balanced Budget, Social Inequalities, and Public Health
Economic Growth for Whom?
The Attack on the Community Reinvestment Act
Economic Crisis or Readjustment (Downsizing of America)
Valuing Families & Reforming Welfare
The Future of Community Based Organizations
The Immigration Debate
The Attack on the Federal Government
The Impact of Managed Care
The Politics of the Drug Debate
The Tax Dilemma
ANOTHER SIDE Archives
The yearly journal of the Michael Harrington Center. Available as part
membership in the Center. Back issues available for $5 a copy.
LEARNING COMMUNITIES, LIVING WAGES, AND THE FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE
AFFLUENZA, the RIGHT TO STUDENT DEBT, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, & RESTORING JUSTICE
RECONSTRUCTING AN AGENDA FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATIONS: the CONTINUED HOPE and UNCERTAIN FUTURE
RELIGIOUS BELIEF and PUBLIC DISCOURSE
PURSUING A DEMOCRATIC VISION IN TROUBLING TIMES
A CHALLENGE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE
THE POSTINDUSTRIAL PARADOX:
GROWING CLASS INEQUALITIES & DECLINING CLASS POLITICS