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.
In its purist sense, the term ‘community development’ refers to the collective means by which the ideal conditions of freedom and security – human kindness, mutual respect and recognition, tolerance, care, solidarity and social justice – might be achieved. Community development thus refers to a process that involves people working together in productive and non-exploitative ways in order to remove inequality and oppression to improve their collective conditions of existence. That modern societies are predicated on relations based on social class, gender, ethnic and other differences which mitigate against individuals working collectively to make their own destinies under the conditions of their own choosing means that practitioners educated and trained with the composite knowledge and skills in community development are often required ...