This book defines the current identity of community studies, provides a critical but reliable introduction to its key concepts, and is an engaging guide to the key social research methods used by community researchers and practitioners.

Concise but clear, it caters for the needs of those interested in community studies by offering cross-referenced, accessible overviews of the key theoretical issues that have the most influence on community studies today.

It incorporates all of the important frames of reference including those which are:

Theoretical; Research focused; Practice and policy oriented; Political; Concerned about the place of community in everyday life

The extensive bibliographies and up-to-date guides to further reading reinforce the aim of the book to provide an invaluable learning resource.

Interdisciplinary in approach and inventive in its range of applications this book will be of value to students studying sociology, social policy, politics and community development.



In community studies, ‘ethnography’ is the term generally used to refer to a specific study of the collective interest or way of life that a particular group of people share. It is also used to describe a particular research method which at its most basic level can be defined as one culture studying another culture. This usually refers to a researcher who participates in a community over some length of time, either overtly or covertly in some masquerading role, watching things that happen, listening to what is said, smelling, touching and tasting, taking note of things that are tacit, such as the non-spoken interaction that goes deeper than verbal communication, and in the light of these observations asking the members of that community pertinent questions, ...

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