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 studies’ is the term used to describe a particular variety of empirical research (usually ethnographic and often carried out by researchers in communities of which they are a member) which traditionally has been concerned with the study of the social networks, kinship ties and face-to-face social relations that constitute the social structure of a clearly defined geographical locality, place or neighbourhood.
Section Outline: This chapter begins by explaining the ways and means of community studies. Thereafter, it discusses the historical development of community studies as they emerged in the United Kingdom during the twentieth century, in the process identifying some of the metaphysical and theoretical problems suggested by this research tradition. After briefly discussing the theoretical implications for developing community studies in the ...