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.

Postmodern Communities

Postmodern communities

On the face of it, the idea of a ‘postmodern community’ is an oxymoron, a conceptual contradiction in terms, when judged by what are taken to be the basic premises of postmodernism and community. On the community side, there is belief that ‘community’ summarily signifies a special way of being together, founded on an ideal of transparency and propinquity, where a group of people share a set of understandings held common, as well as strong and deep. In stark contrast is the postmodern premise that there is no one special way of being together. Community is merely another modern grand narrative, which more often than not fails to come up to scratch under its own limited terms of reference; this is reflected precisely ...

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