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Unpublished Paper
Continuity and Change in Community-Based Leadership in Downtown San José, California
  • A. J. Faas, San Jose State University
  • Chelsea Halliwell, San Jose State University
  • Ailea Merriam-Pigg, San Jose State University
  • Jamieson Mockel, San Jose State University
  • Stephanie Monterrosa, San Jose State University
  • Deidre Patterson, San Jose State University
The San José Council District 3 neighborhoods are home to roughly 96,000 residents, the majority (nearly 2/3) of whom have been identified as low income. This diverse and largely immigrant section of the city represents a key part of the shifting demographic profile of San José. This part of San José is also home to many grassroots leaders with ties to CommUniverCity and who have been engaged in protecting and developing their communities. Yet, as generations of community residents succeed one another, so too do generations of leadership. Concerned with the future of grassroots leadership in the partner communities, CommUniverCity partnered with the Department of Anthropology at San José State University to develop a study of community leadership in the Fall of 2015. This study was designed to understand: (1) the attributes, capacities, and resources of established and emerging community leaders identified by CommUniverCity and partners; (2) community leadership needs; and (3) the degree alignment between community leadership needs, established leadership, and emerging leadership. This study attempted to determine how community members and leaders can best work to foster the development of leadership to meet community needs. Because recent work on leadership has highlighted that there are different types of leaders in terms of the roles they play in the community network (e.g., conveners, thought leaders, and process facilitators), this study was designed to inductively determine what kinds of leaders exist in the community, what kinds of leaders are emerging, and the extent to which emerging leadership profiles correspond to established leadership profiles. Also, because leadership capacity is largely a product of community capacity and institutional and political contexts, this study identified key factors that facilitate or inhibit leadership capacities. Finally, because leadership capacities are appropriate to different needs, objectives, and contexts, this study identified community needs and objectives and explored the extent to which established and emerging leadership profiles correspond to these needs and objectives.
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A. J. Faas, Chelsea Halliwell, Ailea Merriam-Pigg, Jamieson Mockel, et al.. "Continuity and Change in Community-Based Leadership in Downtown San José, California" (2016)
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