Creating a Frame for Understanding Local Organizations
  • Ram Cnaan
  • Carl Milofsky
  • Albert Hunter
Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)


In this book, scholars from a number of disciplines present work focused on communities, with particular attention to community organizations. A few scholars have emphasized the importance of the need to map this intellectual territory (Calhoun, 1992). In some ways community study seems to be well-trodden ground; there has been influential work on social capital, for example (Coleman, 1987,1988; Putnam, 1995; Foley and Edwards, 1997; Edwards and Foley, 1998). Yet the rich diversity of communities and community organizations has rarely been studied from a perspective that is both conceptual and descriptive. The growing sense that un-studied local organizations constitute a massive yet little-understood portion of the nonprofit cosmos has led (1997a),(b) to call them the “dark matter of the nonprofit universe.” An interdisciplinary attempt to make community a unit of study has not been previously undertaken, and thus we feel that this Handbook makes a unique contribution to scholarly understanding of both communities and nonprofit organizations that operate at the community level.


Social Capital Dark Matter Community Organization Nonprofit Sector Community Life 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ram Cnaan
    • 1
  • Carl Milofsky
    • 2
  • Albert Hunter
    • 3
  1. 1.University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
  2. 2.Bucknell UniversityBucknell
  3. 3.Northwestern UniversityNorthwestern

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