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.

Political Community

Political community

Not to be confused with community politics (that decentred ingredient of civil society whose impetus lies in the mutual commitment and social solidarity of men and women who revel in their reciprocal independence from the state), ‘political community’ is the term used to describe the abstract, imagined (from without as well as within), ethical and self-determined totality of reciprocal interdependence, mutual commitment and social solidarity that underlies the state.

Section Outline: After outlining the central tenets of what constitutes a successful and moral political community, this chapter argues that the idea has recently been revivified in the politics of real-world affairs for two reasons: on the one hand, as a response to global concerns about mounting human rights abuses in particular nation-states, and on ...

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