Key Concepts in Community Studies


Author: Tony Blackshaw
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISBN: 1412928443
Category: Social Science
Page: 220
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"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.

An Introduction to Community Development


Author: Rhonda Phillips,Robert Pittman
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134482329
Category: Architecture
Page: 446
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Beginning with the foundations of community development, An Introduction to Community Development offers a comprehensive and practical approach to planning for communities. Road-tested in the authors’ own teaching, and through the training they provide for practicing planners, it enables students to begin making connections between academic study and practical know-how from both private and public sector contexts. An Introduction to Community Development shows how planners can utilize local economic interests and integrate finance and marketing considerations into their strategy. Most importantly, the book is strongly focused on outcomes, encouraging students to ask: what is best practice when it comes to planning for communities, and how do we accurately measure the results of planning practice? This newly revised and updated edition includes: increased coverage of sustainability issues, discussion of localism and its relation to community development, quality of life, community well-being and public health considerations, and content on local food systems. Each chapter provides a range of reading materials for the student, supplemented with text boxes, a chapter outline, keywords, and reference lists, and new skills based exercises at the end of each chapter to help students turn their learning into action, making this the most user-friendly text for community development now available.

Technological Communities and Networks

Triggers and Drivers for Innovation
Author: Dimitris Assimakopoulos
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113431244X
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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The first book to analyze how new technologies are emerging against a background of continuing globalization of research and development activities. This unique book explores how technological communities and networks shape a broad range of new computer based technologies in regional, national and international contexts. Offering a critique of existing organizational and business models, Assimakopoulos analyzes the structure of a broad range of existing technological communities and networks looking at a range of areas including: Internet security electronic copyright intellectual property rights protection geographic information systems. This text is a key resource for research and development managers, ICT engineers and policy makers, as well as post graduate researchers in knowledge management, technology policy, sociology and economics of innovation or history of science and technology.

Community action and planning

Contexts, drivers and outcomes
Author: Gallent, Nick,Ciaffi, Daniela
Publisher: Policy Press
ISBN: 1447321227
Category: Political Science
Page: 304
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With trust in top-down government faltering, community-based groups around the world are displaying an ever-greater appetite to take control of their own lives and neighbourhoods. Government, for its part, is keen to embrace the projects and the planning undertaken at this level, attempting to regularise it and use it as a means of reconnecting to citizens and localising democracy. This unique book analyses the contexts, drivers and outcomes of community action and planning in a selection of case studies in the global north: from emergent neighbourhood planning in England to the community-based housing movement in New York, and from active citizenship in the Dutch new towns to associative action in Marseille. It will be a valuable resource for academic researchers and for postgraduate students on social policy, planning and community development courses.

Encyclopedia of Leisure and Outdoor Recreation


Author: John Jenkins,John Pigram
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134528396
Category: Reference
Page: 752
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This is a key reference guide for the exploration of leisure and outdoor recreation. It reflects the multidisciplinary nature of these fields and contextualizes the leading research and knowledge on key concepts, theories and practices. Edited by leading authorities in the field, this volume includes a comprehensive index, and up-to-date suggestions for further reading. It is an essential resource for teaching, an invaluable companion to independent study, and a solid starting point for wider subject exploration.

Public Sociology

An introduction to Australian society
Author: John Germov,Marilyn Poole
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1743439636
Category: Social Science
Page: 592
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What is the connection between our personal troubles and underlying public issues? Public Sociology focuses on the utility and relevance of a sociological perspective to every aspect of social life. The aim is to encourage in students the ability to critically reflect upon the forces - both local and global - shaping their own lives and the communities in which they live. The previous two editions of Public Sociology have established the book as one of the most popular and accessible introductory sociology texts. The third edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to incorporate important themes in contemporary society including drug culture and digital technology. The authors reveal how the tools of sociological training and an empirically grounded sociological perspective are essential to understanding and engaging with contemporary Australian society. NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION: three new chapters on the sociology of drugs, digital sociology, and the social determinants of health and illness; all chapters thoroughly revised and some expanded; expanded glossary and updated introductory vignettes; enhanced book website with extra readings, YouTube clips, and case studies. 'With a firm base in the richest traditions of the discipline and with a remarkably approachable format, this book offers an excellent introduction to a wide array of sociology's concerns, making it suitable for all Australian social science undergraduates.' - Gary Wickham, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, Murdoch University 'A sophisticated yet accessible introduction to social identities, difference and inequalities, and social transformations.' - Jo Lindsay, Associate Professor in Sociology, Monash University 'Sweeping and lucid... communicates with ease and simplicity.' - Professor Toni Makkai, Dean, College of Arts and Social Sciences, Australian National University

Encyclopedia of Community

From the Village to the Virtual World
Author: DAVID LEVINSON,KAREN CHRISTENSEN
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 0761925988
Category: Communities
Page: 1839
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An Amish Paradox

Diversity and Change in the World's Largest Amish Community
Author: Charles E. Hurst,David L. McConnell
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 0801897904
Category: Religion
Page: 376
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An Amish Paradox captures the complexity and creativity of the Holmes County Amish, dispelling the image of the Amish as a vestige of a bygone era and showing how they reinterpret tradition as modernity encroaches on their distinct way of life.

The Routledge Handbook of Community Development Research


Author: Lynda Shevellar,Peter Westoby
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317043863
Category: Social Science
Page: 296
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This handbook sets a new research agenda in community development. The contributors redefine existing areas within the context of interdisciplinary research, highlight emerging areas for community development related research, and provide researchers and post-graduate students with ideas and encouragement for future research activity. To do this, the editors have deliberately chosen to frame this book not through a traditional sociological lens of class, race and gender, but through a "Wicked Problems" framework. Drawing upon the work of 37 international authors, in diverse settings such as West Papua, Peru, the USA and Australia; and with methodologies equally as diverse, from case studies and interviews to the use of music and story-telling, this handbook focuses upon five Wicked Problems: forced displacement; family, gender and child related violence; indigenous marginalisation; climate change and food security; and human survival in the context of disaster and recovery work. By drawing together leading scholars from community development, social work and social policy, this handbook provides an up to the minute snapshot of current scholarship as well as signposting several fruitful avenues for future research. This book is both an invaluable resource for both scholars and practitioners and an indispensable teaching tool for use in the classroom and in the field.

Communities and Organizations


Author: Christopher Marquis,Michael Lounsbury,Royston Greenwood
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing
ISBN: 1780522843
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 363
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How does organizations' embeddedness in broader social and cultural communities influence their behavior? And how has this changed with recent communication technology advances and globalization trends? In this volume, we consider how diverse types of communities influence organizations, as well as the associated benefit of developing a richer accounting for community processes in organizational theory. One goal of the volume is to move beyond the focus on social proximity and networks that has characterized existing work on communities. This volume seeks to show that not only can normative systems be both place-bound and virtual, but also such benefits cannot be easily transferred from one local community to another. In addition, we highlight how the notion of community provides a distinct institutional order that enables actors to tailor community logics to give cultural meaning to and govern specific institutional fields.

Bowling Alone

The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Author: Robert D. Putnam
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743203046
Category: History
Page: 541
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Shows how changes in work, family structure, women's roles, and other factors have caused people to become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and democratic structures--and how they may reconnect.

An Invitation to Environmental Sociology


Author: Michael Bell
Publisher: Pine Forge Press
ISBN: 9780761987758
Category: Social Science
Page: 325
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Author Michael Mayerfeld Bell uses a lively, personal writing style to take readers on a series of field trips through the vast landscape of environmental sociology. The Second Edition of An Invitation to Environmental Sociology analyzes the relevance of social theory with a social, community perspective for resolving the practical issues of our environmental problems. The author explores three elements of environmental sociology - the material, the ideal, and the practical. In order to unite these three topics, the book examines the interplay of material and ideal factors through the central concept of "ecological dialogue."

Community Life


Author: Graham Crow,Graham Allan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317867025
Category: Social Science
Page: 256
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First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Entrepreneurial Neighbourhoods


Author: Maarten van Ham,Darja Reuschke,Reinout Kleinhans,Colin Mason,Stephen Syrett
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
ISBN: 1785367242
Category:
Page: 336
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Despite the growing evidence on the importance of the neighbourhood, entrepreneurship studies have largely neglected the role of neighbourhoods. This book addresses the nexus between entrepreneurship, neighbourhoods and communities, confirming not only the importance of ‘the local’ in entrepreneurship, but also filling huge gaps in the knowledge base regarding this tripartite relationship.

Imagined Communities

Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism
Author: Benedict Anderson
Publisher: Verso
ISBN: 1844670864
Category: Political Science
Page: 240
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The definitive, bestselling book on the origins and development of nationalism...

Sociology and the Environment

A Critical Introduction to Society, Nature and Knowledge
Author: Alan Irwin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0745667333
Category: Social Science
Page: 222
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Can sociology help us to tackle environmental problems? What can sociology tell us about the nature of the environment and about the origins and consequences of environmental risks, hazards and change? In this important new book Alan Irwin maps out this emerging field of knowledge, teaching and research. He reviews the key sociological debates in the field and sets out a new framework for analysis and practice. Among the themes examined are constructivism and realism, sustainable development and theories of the risk society. Readers are also introduced to communities at risk, institutional regulation and the environmental consequences of technology. Particular topics for discussion include genetically modified organisms, nuclear power, pesticide safety and the local hazards of the chemical industry. Rather than maintaining a fixed boundary between nature and society, Irwin highlights the hybrid character of environmental issues and emphasizes the role of social and cultural factors within environmental policy. Combining theoretical discussion and case-studies with a sensitivity to the concerns of environmental policy and practice, Sociology and the Environment provides an excellent introduction to an expanding and immensely important field. It will be a valuable text for students and scholars in sociology, geography, environmental studies and related disciplines.