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Author's School

Brown School

Author's Department/Program

Social Work


English (en)

Date of Award


Degree Type

Restricted Access Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Social Work (DSW)


This theoretical study analyzes contemporary efforts to define and describe that aspect of social work practice commonly referred to as community organization and attempts to develop from this analysis an integrating conceptual framework for such practice. Terminology, concepts, and major ideas concerning community organization practice presented in the professional literature from 1954-1962 are examined. Their potential use as building blocks in the structuring of a theoretical formulation of practice is evaluated. Impediments to and problems associated with current conceptualizing efforts are also analyzed. The proposed conceptual framework is built upon the notion of practice as a form of intervention into process underway. A beginning is made toward explicating the central concepts of this framework, intervention and process.


Permanent URL: Print version available in library catalog at Call #: LD5791.8 DSW63 L638.

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