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Constructing the Dynamo of DixieRace, Urban Planning, and Cosmopolitanism in Chattanooga, Tennessee$
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Courtney Elizabeth Knapp

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469637273

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469637273.001.0001

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From Rabble-Rousing to SPARCing Community Transformation

From Rabble-Rousing to SPARCing Community Transformation

The Evolution of Chattanooga Organized for Action

(p.143) Chapter Eight From Rabble-Rousing to SPARCing Community Transformation
Constructing the Dynamo of Dixie

Courtney Elizabeth Knapp

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the evolution of Chattanooga Organized for Action as they transitioned from a popular protest group into a 501-C3 non-profit who initiates, supports and connects place-based social justice movements across downtown Chattanooga. It also discusses two components of a participatory action research initiative related to this research project: the Sustaining People and Reclaiming Communities (SPARC) Initiative and the Planning Free School of Chattanooga. Both were experimental community planning processes, designed to offer alternatives to mainstream citizen engagement and capacity building in the city.

Keywords:   Community engagement, Public participation, Non-profit management, Neighborhood planning, Capacity building, Community development, Social work, Tenant organizing, Neighborhood associations, Public libraries

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