Conversations on community theory
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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The Multiple Communities Theory
Being a Community Member
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activities Amitai Etzioni become a community behave behavior believe belong bers church Closing the Conversation collaborative communities commitment common purpose communitarians Community Education community exists community members community's concept conflicting context conversation 12 defining community definition of community Dewey dialogue discussion disharmony ethnic Etzioni experience factors Ferdinand Tonnies Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft geopolitical community George Hegel Hispanic hometown human ideas identify important individual influences interaction interconnectedness interests John Dewey Juan kind knowledge leadership lives mean membership ment multiple communities theory munity mutual respect mutual responsibility nity nonformal organization participation particular community perspective Peter Senge Philip Selznick questions reader Reflections relations relationships Robert Wuthnow roles Scott Peck Selznick sense serve six elements social social contract sometimes Starratt subcommunities tend tendency tenets term community Thinking about Community tion true community understand values various communities vidual well-being workplace worldview