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Save Our Old Neighborhood (Soon) (Mss 131), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives Oct 2000

Save Our Old Neighborhood (Soon) (Mss 131), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 131. Administrative papers of Save Our Old Neighborhood (SOON), an organization formed in the College Hill area of Bowling Green, Kentucky, to maintain the area's historic integrity.


“Irrational” Organizations: Why Community-Based Organizations Are Really Social Movements, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert Jun 2000

“Irrational” Organizations: Why Community-Based Organizations Are Really Social Movements, Mark J. Stern, Susan C. Seifert

Culture Builds Community

This paper was prepared for the Planners Network Conference 2000 in Toronto. The focus of the paper is a re-conceptualization of community-based organizations from a model of a classic nonprofit institution to that of a social movement. Our observations are based on intensive evaluation of about 40 community-based arts organizations in Philadelphia involved in the Culture Builds Community initiative (1997-2001) of the William Penn Foundation. We argue that these small organizations have been colonized by business school consultants who want them to act and look like more established nonprofits. In our view, these organizations are better conceptualized as 'social movements ...


Unions, Cartels, And The Political Economy Of American Cities: The Chicago Flat Janitors' Union In The Progressive Era And 1920s, John Jentz Apr 2000

Unions, Cartels, And The Political Economy Of American Cities: The Chicago Flat Janitors' Union In The Progressive Era And 1920s, John Jentz

Library Faculty Research and Publications

In 1997, Ira Katznelson contributed to the ongoing discussion among social scientists and historians about how to analyze class formation and the development of the American state. He was particularly interested in tying this research to the history of liberalism in an effort to both historicize the generalizations of Louis Hartz and address the question of American exceptionalism. Evaluating the body of research, Katznelson argued that authors had too frequently abstracted the state from its context and then used it to explain the very phenomena that helped define the state's character in the first place. In part to imbed ...


The Geography Of Cultural Production In Metropolitan Philadelphia, Mark J. Stern Feb 2000

The Geography Of Cultural Production In Metropolitan Philadelphia, Mark J. Stern

Culture Builds Community

In previous work on Philadelphia, SIAP found that nonprofit arts and cultural organizations tended to concentrate in economically and ethnically diverse neighborhoods. This paper uses data on for-profit cultural firms to document whether they too cluster in diverse neighborhoods or if they have a different logic of agglomeration.

The paper uses two data sets for the five-county Philadelphia region: the nonprofit inventory of over 1,200 cultural providers—including incorporated and “informal” programs—compiled by SIAP in 1997; and a for-profit database of approximately 1,300 cultural firms derived in 1999 from a yellow-pages compilation of selected industries.

The paper ...