Qualitative Sociology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 211–231

Sponsored Social Change in a Public Housing Project

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11133-006-9019-8

Cite this article as:
Cobb, P.D., Shefner, J. & Rubin, B.A. Qual Sociol (2006) 29: 211. doi:10.1007/s11133-006-9019-8


Federal and local pressures have given rise to a hybrid organization that brings together disparate groups from the public and non-profit sectors to address complex social problems. This article examines one such organizational emergence of state-affiliated sponsorship. Based on data from a multi-method case study, we find that not only do members of the sponsoring organization use legitimate authority structures, existing laws, and social norms to reproduce their power, they do so with a state mandate that privileges their expertise and processes.


SponsorshipLegitimacyInterorganizational relationsCollaborationPartnership

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice StudiesSouthern Illinois University EdwardsvilleEdwardsvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Sociology, 901 McClung TowerUniversity of Tennessee – KnoxvilleKnoxvilleUSA
  3. 3.Department of ManagementUNC-CharlotteCharlotteUSA