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.

Cosmopolitanism, Worldliness and the Cultural Intermediaries

Cosmopolitanism, worldliness and the cultural intermediaries

From the Greek words kosmos meaning ‘world’ and polis meaning the place ‘where we can meet each other as equals, while recognizing our diversity, and caring for the preservation of that diversity as the very purpose of our meeting.’ (Bauman, 1994: 33), the sense of the term ‘cosmopolitanism’, as it is used by proponents of critical cosmopolitanism, does not merely invoke the idea of having a familiarity with or even empathetic interest in the many different parts of the world, neither does it merely reflect a political philosophy which is concerned with humankind as a single global community. To be critically cosmopolitan is to recognize Bauman's (2004: 4) pivotal observation that the planet we inhabit ...

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