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.

Setting the Record Straight: What is Community? And What Does it Mean Today?

Setting the Record Straight: What is Community? And What Does it Mean Today?

Setting the record straight: What is community? and what does it mean today?

Over the past 20 years or so, few concepts in the social sciences have undergone such a remarkable transformation than has that of ‘community’. When I was a student at the end of the 1980s, we were introduced to the concept by breaking it down into the sum of its parts – namely the three key dimensions of locale, social network and a shared sense of belonging – accompanied with the proviso that community is also more than these individual constituents. We were then challenged with the task of exploring the concept with the range of phenomena encompassed in three ...

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