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Community studies is an academic field concerned with the study of community and the characteristics of particular localities. A key focus of many programs of community study is the effects of social change upon the form and function of social life within such specific settings. Unlike more theoretically oriented research on the concept of community, the field of community studies employs the methodological tools of the social sciences as a means by which to describe, contextualize, and investigate the sociocultural and psychological dynamics that affect everyday life in the community.

Research conducted on community in this sense is often directly concerned with the effects on social and economic life of such variables as family, youth, health, leisure, gender, employment, immigration, education, crime, poverty, and inequality. As ...

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