Conversations on Community Theory

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Purdue University Press, 2002 - Political Science - 196 pages
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Community Theory is a hot topic. However, most people think about community in terms that are far too simplistic, thus failing to understand the complex interrelationships between individuals and communities. Each individual has many communities influencing the individual simultaneously. Indeed, individuals are as much a product of their collective communities as the communities are a product of their collective memberships. The concept of belonging to several communities is not a new idea. However, researchers and practitioners have paid little attention to the impacts of simultaneous membership in diverse communities. This book will examine some important questions about community, including the following: What is a community? How can community be defined? How does membership in several communities affect our personalities and behaviors? How important is community to the individual?
 

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Contents

Defining Community
7
The Multiple Communities Theory
29
Being a Community Member
41
The Five Types of Community
45
Community and the Problem of Exclusion
57
Being a Member of Several Communities
65
Applications and Implications
73
Everyday Community Experiences
79
Thinking about Change and Communitiues
123
Contemporary Community Theories and Theorists of Interest
129
Some Historical Thinking about Community
145
More Reflecting on Theory and Application
155
Further Implications and Puzzlements
163
Some Closing Questions and Responses
165
Some Final Observations
177
Notes
181

Active Membership in Multiple Communities
85
A Discussion of Implications and Issues
91
Reflecting on Definition Theory and Application
99
Other Theories and Theorists
111

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