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 Regeneration

Community regeneration

‘Community regeneration’ is a new phrase used to refer to an old phenomenon in government policy – urban renewal, or the social, economic and environmental rehabilitation of neighbourhoods, towns, cities and conurbations understood to have fallen below normal standards of public acceptability. This observation notwithstanding, community regeneration differs from urban renewal in two ways: on the one hand, a key aspect of its remit is to involve a range of private agencies beyond those public bodies normally associated with urban renewal and, on the other, it is explicitly aimed at encouraging participation from all sections of the general public.

Section Outline: After outlining the central focus of the regeneration process, this chapter offers a thumbnail sketch of the six main phases of its evolution ...

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