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.

Community Partnerships

Community partnerships

Community partnership working involves the coming together of organizations which actively require the assistance of each other in pursuing their individual goals. On the face of it, the rationale of independent community organizations for combining is either one or all of the following: pooling resources to avoid the duplication of effort; to improve community participation and take-up of services; and to achieve better representation and social and political prestige. However, in the current political climate, partnership working is hardly a choice, and more of a requirement. You might say that it is now the only way of delivering services in communities.

Section Outline: After outlining the central tenets of community partnership working, this chapter critically discusses the advantages and disadvantages which ensue when ...

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