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.

Hermeneutic Communities

Hermeneutic communities

Originating from the Greek words hermēneuein and hermēneutikos, meaning ‘to interpret’ and ‘expert in interpretation’, respectively, the term ‘hermeneutics’ is derived from the herald of the gods, Hermes, whose role it was to make intelligible to humankind that which could not otherwise be grasped. In the modern meaning, the term is generally used to refer to the theory or the art of the interpretation of texts. The ways in which hermeneutics and communities are connected have their basis in the idea that the pre-modern world was founded on the basis of a singular community; that is, community was once upon a time the archē, or the underlying source of the being of all things human. As hermeneuticians point out, the modern world, in ...

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