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Key Concepts in Community Studies

Key Concepts in Community Studies

October 2009 | 232 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"This book is both insightful and engaging, enriched with diverse and up-to-date readings. Tony Blackshaw lays bare debates surrounding the uses and abuses of key concepts of community studies and breathes new life into community as theory and community studies as method."
- Peter Bramham, Leeds Metropolitan University

"I would highly recommend this book to any student who is studying communities and groups in society. The book and chapters are structured in a way that students will find it easy to move from one theme to another; to dip into relevant chapters when needed; to gain a good understanding of concepts and how and why they are applied to individuals and communities. The book encompasses both breadth and depth of key concepts and issues. This book will be compulsory reading on our Community Studies degree."
- Lesley Groom, University of Bolton

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.

Setting the Record Straight: What Is Community? And What Does It Mean Today?
Community as Theory
A Theory of Community
Hermeneutic Communities
Liquid Modern Communities
Postmodern Communities
Community as Method
Action Research
Community Profiling
Community Studies
Social Network Analysis
Community as Place
Cosmopolitanism, Worldliness and the Cultural Intermediaries
Liminality, Communitas and Anti-Structure
Locality, Place and Neighbourhood
Virtual Communities
Community as Identity/Belonging
Community and Identity
Imagined Communities
Neo-Tribes See Setting the Record Straight, Leisure and Its Communities, Liquid Modern Communities and Liminality, Communitas and Anti-Structure
New Social Movements See Community Action
Personal Communities See Setting the Record Straight, Social Network Analysis and Virtual Communities
The Symbolic Construction of Community
Community as Ideology
Community Politics See Political Community and Community Action
Imaginary Communities
The 'Dark Side' of Community
Utopia See Imaginary Communities
Community as Policy and Practice
Community Action
Community Development
Community Partnerships
Community Policy See Political Community
Community Practice See Community Development, Community Youth Work, Leisure and Its Communities
Community Regeneration
Community Youth Work
Leisure and Its Communities
Political Community
Social Capital

This book provides useful background reading for my students.

Mrs Catherine White
Geography, Northumbria University
June 22, 2011

A good comprehensive account for our community entrepreneur students

Frankie Williams
Community and Youth, Sunderland University
May 17, 2011

perfect for our community work module

Ms Laura Green
School of Health Science & Social Care, Brunel University
May 17, 2011

A valuable book that is made very accessible by its organisation into short sections, with section outlines and links to other parts of the book. Good coverage of contemporary use and theories of community.

Dr Rebecca Schaaf
Department of Geography, Bath Spa University
December 15, 2010

This book was reccommended as part of the bibliography for the course on "Diagnóstico Territorial" rather than "Laboratório de Projecto I". This book is a highly interesting resource for any student in Social Sciences but I saw 2 difficulties in adopting it for "Laboratório de Projecto I": it is not an elementary approach for second year students and it does not contain images or case studies, which makes it harder to adopt for design students.

The nature of the subject "Diagnóstico Territorial" is in itself more theoretical and the students are at a Master's level (3rd semester) and come from various backgrounds which enables them to be more prepared to engage in such a specific and detailed bibliographic resource.

Professor Catarina Camarinhas
Faculdade de Arquitectura, Technical University of Lisbon
October 27, 2010

Really useful theoretical overview of debates surrounding 'community'. Excellent section on community as policy and practice.

Miss Janine Partington
Sport Management & Development, Leeds Metropolitan University
September 3, 2010

A very comprehensive source for the University of Cumbria's Youth & Community Work programme of studies. It's biggest strength lies in its structured sequence: (a) moving from topical issues & controversies; (b) towards more conceptual discourse.

Dr John Stitt
Youth & Community Dev., University of Cumbria
July 23, 2010

The book presents the range of discourses around community and the study of community in times of globalisation and transnational experiences. It exposes the reader to theories of community in a reader friendly manner and positions the topic as a site of contestation. This is useful for students who are reading for degrees in community development/ studies because the text allows them to critically engage in the theoretical and practical issues of community in local and global settings.

Dr Jennifer Lavia
Educational Studies, Sheffield University
March 11, 2010

A very impressive text, which offers a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts of community studies. It is highly informative, yet written in an accessible manner. An excellent text for students new to the subject area, as it will introduce them to, and help them understand some of the complexities associated with this subject area. A highly recommended addition to community studies literature.

Miss Kate Mori
Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Care, University of Gloucestershire
January 14, 2010

An excellant resource for the Community Studies and Youth & Community degrees - This book is essential reading for students studying at the University of Bolton as itprovides insight into up-to-date concepts.

Ms Paula Connaughton
Sociology , Bolton University
December 14, 2009

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