Previous Chapter Chapter 8: Community Activism Next Chapter
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 ...