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 profiling is a social research method which involves building up a picture of the nature, needs and resources of a locality or community, with the active participation of its members, the aim being to create and implement an action plan to address the issues unearthed.
Section Outline: This chapter starts by outlining the different ways in which community profiling has been identified in the literature. Thereafter, it offers a critical discussion of these approaches, demonstrating that this research method has hitherto not been used to its fullest potential with local communities.
[Page 55]In the words of Hawtin et al. (1994: 5), a community profile is ‘a comprehensive description of the needs of a population that is defined, or defines itself, as a community, and ...