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Formal Organizations and the Problem of Social Order in the City

Formal Organizations and the Problem of Social Order in the City

Chapter:
(p.1) Chapter One Formal Organizations and the Problem of Social Order in the City
Source:
Bargaining for Brooklyn
Author(s):
Nicole P. Marwell
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226509082.003.0001

This chapter first sets out the book's purpose, which is to open up a wider lens on the social processes underlying poverty, opportunity, and inequality in an attempt to understand how elements of social structure that extend beyond interpersonal relationships contribute to poverty and its related social problems. Specifically, it examines how formal organizations working toward a variety of economic and political ends make decisions that collectively produce the conditions that poor people face in everyday life, and under whose constraints the poor make daily choices. The chapter then discusses the structure of poverty, the challenge of social integration and social order in the city, an organizational perspective on social integration, the rise of community-based organizations in the city, and community-based organizations in Brooklyn.

Keywords:   poverty, inequality, social structure, social integration, social order, community-based organizations, Brooklyn

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