f) How-to Guides to Activism and Social Change Work

Some full-text guides below include Stir it Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy; Creative community organizing: A guide for rabble-rousers, activists, and quiet lovers of justice; Tools for Radical Democracy: How to organize for power in your community; Progressive community organising: A critical approach for a globalising world; The Activists’ Handbook: a step-by-step guide to participatory democracy; Collective action for social change: An introduction to community organizing; and Is everyone really equal?: An introduction to key concepts in social justice education.


Abdullah, Sharif M. (1995). The Power of One: Authentic Leadership in Turbulent Times. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers.

Agochiya, Devendra. (2002). Every Trainer’s Handbook. New Dehli: Sage.

Alinsky, S. D. (1971). Rules for Radicals. New York: Random House.

Bishop, A. (2002). Becoming an Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in People. (2nd ed.) Halifax, Nova Scotia: Fernwood.

Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall, and Steve Max. (1991). Organising for Social Change: A Manual for Activists in the 1990s. Washington: Seven Locks Press.

Bobo, Kim, Jackie Kendall, and Steve Max. (2001). Organizing for Social Change. Santa Ana, CA: Seven Locks Press.

Brandow, Karen, Jim McDonnell, and Vocations for Social Change. (1981). No Bosses Here! A Manual on Working Collectively and Cooperatively. Boston: Alyson Publications/Vocations for Social Change (2nd edition).

Bronfenbrenner, Kate, et al. (1998). Organizing to Win: New Research in Union Strategies. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University/ILR Press.

Bryant, C., and C. Kappaz. (2005). Reducing Poverty, Building Peace. Bloomfield, CT: Kumarian Press.

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Crass, Chris. (2013). Towards Collective Liberation: Anti-Racist Organizing, Feminist Praxis, and Movement Building Strategy. PM Press.

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Daloz, L. A. P., Keen, C. H., Keen, J. P., and Parks, S. D. (1996) Common Fire: Leading lives of commitment in a complex world. Boston: Beacon Press.

Del Gandio, J., & Nocella II, A. (2014). Educating for Action: Ten Strategies to Ignite Social Justice. New Society Publishers.

Delgado, M., & Staples, L. (2007). Youth-led community organizing: Theory and action. Oxford University Press.

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Feldmann, D. (2016). Social movements for good: How companies and causes create viral change. John Wiley & Sons.

Felshin, Nina. (ed.). (1995). But Is It Art? The Spirit of Art as Activism. Seattle: Bay Press (especially e.g. Essoglou, Tracy Ann Louder than Words: A WAC chronicle).

Fisher, R. (1984). Let the People Decide: Neighborhood organizing in America. Boston: Twayne.

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Gasch, Renee, and Julia Reticker-Flynn. (2019). Youth Activist Toolkit. Washington, DC: Advocates for Youth. URL: https://advocatesforyouth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Youth-Activist-Toolkit.pdf.

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Halpin, M. (2004). It’s Your World- if you don’t like it, change it: Activism for teenagers. New York: Simon Pulse.

Hancock, A. (2011). Solidarity politics for millennials: A guide to ending the oppression Olympics. Springer.

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Jansson, B. (2007). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice. Cengage Learning.

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Jobin-Leeds, G. (2016). When we fight, we win: Twenty-first-century social movements and the activists that are transforming our world. The New Press.

Jones, E. (2007). The Better World Handbook: Small changes that make a big difference. Canada: New Society.

Jordan, T. (2002). Activism! Direct action, hactivism and the future of society. London: Reaktion Books.

Joy, M. (2019). Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

Kahn, S. (2010). Creative community organizing: A guide for rabble-rousers, activists, and quiet lovers of justice. Berrett-Koehler Publishers.

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Kazymerchyk, A. (2001). Rise up where art intersects with activism and women rise collectively. Vancouver, B. C.: A. Kazymerchyk.

Kenan, R. (2007). The fire this time. United States: Melville House, US Consortium Bk Sales Dst Perseus Distribution, US.

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Lakey, Berit et. al. (1996). (?) Grassroots and Non-Profit Leadership: A Guide for Organizations in Changing Times. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers.

Lakoff, George. (2004). Don’t Think of an Elephant: Know your values and frame the debate. Carlton North, Victoria: Scribe Publications.

Lewis, B. A. (2007). The teen guide to global action: How to connect with others (near & far) to create social change. Free Spirit Publishing.

Loeb, P. R. (1999). Soul of a Citizen: Living with conviction in a cynical time. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.

Lyons, Gracie. (1980). Constructive Criticism: A Handbook. Berkeley: I.C. & P.

Martin, Brian. (1979). Changing the Cogs: Activists and the Politics of Technology. Canberra: Friends Of the Earth.

MenEngage. (20121). SRHR Advocacy Toolkit for Young People. Cape Town: Sonke Gender Justice and MenEngage.

Minieri, J., and P. Getsos. (2007). Tools for Radical Democracy: How to organize for power in your community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Moyer, B., with McAllister, J., Finley, M. L., and Soifer, S. (2001). Doing Democracy: The MAP model for organizing social movements. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

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Murphy, Brian. (1999). Transforming Ourselves / Transforming the World: An Open Conspiracy for Social Change. Zed Books.

Naples, N. A. (1998). Grassroots Warriors: Activist mothering, community work, and the war on poverty. New York: Routledge.

Orlie, Melissa A. (1997). Living Ethically, Acting Politically. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press.Papa, R., Eadens, D. M., & Eadens, D. W. (Eds.). (2016). Social justice instruction: empowerment on the chalkboard. Springer.

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Pyles, L. (2009). Progressive community organising: A critical approach for a globalising world. New York, NY: Routledge.

Richards, Paul. (1998). Be Your Own Spin Doctor: A Practical Guide to Using the Media. Harrogate, UK: Take That Ltd.

Ricketts, A. (2012). The Activists’ Handbook: a step-by-step guide to participatory democracy. Zed Books Ltd.

Schutz, A., & Sandy, M. (2011). Collective action for social change: An introduction to community organizing. Springer.

Scott, Gavin, Geoff Holland, and Pat Beckett. (1986). How to Stop the Bomb. Marrickville, NSW: Hale & Iremonger.

Sen, Rinku. (2003). Stir it Up: Lessons in Community Organizing and Advocacy. Josey-Bass.

Sensoy, O., & DiAngelo, R. (2017). Is everyone really equal?: An introduction to key concepts in social justice education. Teachers College Press.

Seo, Danny. (2001). Be the Difference: A beginner’s guide to changing the world. New Society.

Sharp, G. (2005). Waging Nonviolent Struggle. Boston, MA: Porter Sargent.

Shaw, R. (2001). The Activist’s Handbook: A primer. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Shields, Katrina. (1991). In the Tiger’s Mouth: An Empowerment Guide for Social Action. Sydney: Millenium Books.

Stauch, J. (2012). Effective frontline fundraising: A guide for nonprofits, political candidates, and advocacy groups. Apress.

Stout, Linda. (1996). Bridging the Class Divide and Other Lessons for Grassroots Organizing. Beacon.

Swalwell, K. M. (2013). Educating activist allies: Social justice pedagogy with the suburban and urban elite. Routledge.

Thornton, Phil et. al. (1997). I Protest! Fighting for Your Rights: A Practical Guide. Sydney: Pluto Press

Tymson, Candy. (1988). How to Do Public Relations. Newtown: Millenium Books.

Welton, N., and Wolf, L. (2001). Global Uprising: Confronting the tyrannies of the 21st Century. Stories from a new generation of activists. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers.

Wertheim, Eleanor et. al. (1992). I Win: You Win: How to Have Fewer Conflicts, Better Solutions and More Satisfying Relationships. Ringwood, VIC: Penguin.