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.

Locality, Place and Neighbourhood

Locality, place and neighbourhood

In community studies, the terms ‘locality’, ‘place’ and ‘neighbourhood’ all refer to conceptions of geographical space in which face-to-face relations dominate. It is often assumed that such delimited spaces are associated with the formation and maintenance of communities due to their ability to foster feelings of security, commitment and belonging.

Section Outline: This chapter begins by suggesting that neighbourhood is an ideological concept in the sense that the way it is commonly used is in the process of the production of meanings and ideas in relation to geographical locality and place. After exploring neighbourhood in relation to community, the chapter considers the ways in which notions of locality and place are linked with mutual aid and belonging to facilitate cooperation ...

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