Urban action networks: HIV/AIDS and community organizing in New York City

Author: Howard Lune


Date of Publication: 2007

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

Recipient of the 2009 ARNOVA Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research Award 

Publisher Synopsis

Urban Action Networks is a study of how communities organize in response to threats to their lives and well being. As HIV/AIDS wreaked havoc on the worlds of some of the most marginal and disenfranchised people in New York, they came together to create a shared response, forming a new organizational field within which their various efforts were coordinated. How the communities of the most affected people organized, reorganized, and redefined the social and political context of HIV/AIDS offers an encouraging glimpse into the way in which marginal communities can convert shared needs into collective action.

From Mobilization

“In general, this is a meticulously written ethnography of the dynamics of the political economy of the New York AIDS organizational field from 1981 to 1999. Despite the proliferation of studies on AIDS activism within the past two decades, few have systematically analyzed the development of interorganizational networks between civil-society organizations and between civil society organizations and the nation state at the level of the organizational field. This study helps to fill these lacunae by generating knowledge about the impact of civil society and community-based organizations in creating more inclusive forms of HIV/AIDS policy, medical research, and health services.”

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