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.

Leisure and its Communities

Leisure and its communities

Isaiah Berlin once said that some things change and some things do not, and that it is important that we distinguish which is which. There is no doubting the fact that the way in which community is understood has changed markedly in recent years. When the concept was initially theorized by leisure scholars, it largely mirrored orthodox sociological thought, which meant defining it first of all by breaking it down into the sum of its parts – namely, the ideas of geographical propinquity, communities of interest and forms of common affective union – and secondly by explaining that these constituent parts should only be understood with the proviso that community is also more than these. Yet, in defining the ...

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