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Community Activism
Community activism
Working with Communities

It is important for practitioners to think beyond the customary view of a community as a place where people live, for example, a neighbourhood, because these are often just an aggregate of non-connected people. Communities have both a social and a geographic characteristic and consist of heterogeneous individuals with dynamic relations that sometimes organise into groups to take action towards achieving shared goals.

As a working ‘rule of thumb’, a community will have the following characteristics:

  • a spatial dimension, that is, a place or locale;
  • non-spatial dimensions that involve people who otherwise make up heterogeneous and disparate groups;
  • social interactions that are dynamic and bind people into relationships;
  • the identification of shared needs and concerns. (Laverack, 2004: 46)

Within the geographic dimensions ...

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