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.

Liminality, Communitas and Anti-Structure

Liminality, communitas and anti-structure

These three interrelated concepts are central to understanding the sense of community that emerges when individuals come together spontaneously to experience an intense and/or sharpened sense of being taken out of themselves and transported into a place of movement ‘in and out of time’, where it is argued they are united through some ostensibly higher power that is profoundly revelatory of the egalitarian/community spirit which feels something like the true essence of the human condition.

Section Outline: This chapter begins by outlining and discussing each of the three concepts. Thereafter, it discusses what they tell us about the ways in which men and women have historically connected with each other by subverting prevailing societal norms through shared liminal experiences at ...

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