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Best Book Award

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The Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action

presents the


2016 ARNOVA Best Book Award



Richard L. Wood


Brad R. Fulton



“A Shared Future: Faith-Based Organizing for Racial Equity and Ethical Democracy”

University of Chicago Press, 2015



In ”A Shared Future” Richard L. Wood and Brad R. Fulton provide a provocative yet careful assessment of how grassroots community organizing coalitions are addressing racial equity within their organization and in the public sphere. The book analyzes contemporary political work for racial equity in the United States within a social movement sector known as faith-based community organizing (FBCO).The authors show how coalitions of faith communities and secular organizations are working for racial equity within their own structures and in the wider society. Specifically, the authors argue that faith-based community organizing field provides a crucial case study of organizations moving out of a ‘race neutral’ framing of their work into a systematic focus on ‘racial equity’ framing-and that such transitions will be increasingly crucial to understand as American society moves from a predominately white demographic makeup to a majority-minority makeup within current lifetimes.


“A Shared Future” offers important lessons and a conceptual framework for sustaining the ongoing struggle to deepen democracy in the United States. The authors provide a sophistical analytical study of one of the most promising efforts to create cross-racial alliances that address racial equity as part of a larger common agenda, and the faith-based community organizing (FBCO) field’s work to build up power nationally to redress inequality through a variety of initiatives for economic and racial justice. Ultimately, the book offers a vision for how we might build a future that reflects the shared aspirations and hopes of the American people in all their diversity. The book has a major theoretical and practical contribution to the study of civil society organizations and to the strengthening of democracy values and social movements in the modern state.


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