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Author Weissberg, Robert, 1941-

Title The politics of empowerment / Robert Weissberg
Published Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 1999


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Description x, 255 pages ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Empowerment Everywhere -- 2. Empowerment and Its Problems -- 3. Visions of Empowerment -- 4. Uplifting the Needy -- 5. Empowered Education -- 6. Community Empowerment -- 7. Black Political Empowerment -- 8. Conclusion: The Wages of Empowerment
Summary Clearly, professors do not suffer from ill-conceived remediation, though their careers may flourish from publications about uplifting. Bound to be controversial, The Politics of Empowerment is a tonic for social scientists, policy makers, and citizens concerned with America's myriad sociopolitical problems
Weissberg conducts an FDA-like inquiry across numerous academic disciplines to assess the worthiness of this cure. He balances a close reading of the underlying theoretical foundations with empirically demonstrated effectiveness. Entire chapters are devoted to empowerment as a cure for personal problems ranging from health to homelessness, education, community development, and the problems afflicting African Americans. Despite all the promises, however, evidence of accomplishment is not forthcoming. Indeed, as Weissberg demonstrates, much of the evidence is twisted to disguise failure. Worse, much of this helpfulness is merely admonitions for greater dependency and misdirection away from cures of proven utility. Given that almost all this advice emanates from academics, the discrepancy between promise and result raises some troubling issues about today's academy
Allegedly, empowerment will cure everything from personal disorders to declining city centers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [237]-252) and index
Subject Community organization -- United States -- Citizen participation.
Community power -- United States.
Political participation -- United States.
Social service -- United States -- Citizen participation.
LC no. 98038285
ISBN 0275964264 (alk. paper)