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.



Communitarianism is both a philosophy and ideology operationalized as a model of political organization, which stresses communal solidarity, kinship ties and other collective obligations based on normative social relations and traditional values.

Section Outline: This chapter begins by outlining the philosophical and ideological context of communitarian thought. After identifying the central tenets of political communitarianism, it offers a rigorous critique, suggesting that in the hands of communitarians not only is the function of community to carry out a kind of moral criticism of modern life, but also that it places some unacceptable limits on individual freedom.

In the majority of discussions, the philosophical position of communitarianism is usually cast as the binary opposite of liberalism. Its starting point is that the majority of liberals make the mistake ...

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