Towards Understanding Community: People and Places

Hardcover | December 15, 2007

EditorChris Clay, Mary Madden, Laura K. Potts

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This is a timely book written in the temporal and political context of the British New Labour Government's ongoing reliance on the word "community." Its key focus is on understanding community from action into theory and theory into action. Academics and activists engage critically with the range of ways in which contemporary ideas of community are being used and contested, examining the current theoretical and practical challenges of building and sustaining convincing senses of community in national and trans-national contexts. Contributions are organised into three thematic sections--Locating community, Justice within and between communities and Building health communities.

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This is a timely book written in the temporal and political context of the British New Labour Government's ongoing reliance on the word "community." Its key focus is on understanding community from action into theory and theory into action. Academics and activists engage critically with the range of ways in which contemporary ideas of ...

CHRISTOPHER J. CLAY is Head of Programme for Community Studies, York St John University, U.K. Over the last 30 plus years he has occupied a variety of roles within York St. John including a period in the 1970s and 1980s as a community worker, first in Hoyland (near Barnsley) and then in York. His teaching and research interests includ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:December 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230542646

ISBN - 13:9780230542648

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Notes on Contributors * Towards Understanding Community--an introduction--C. J. Clay, M. Madden, and L. Potts * The Signature Quilt--R. Walsh * PART 1: LOCATING COMMUNITY * Locating Community: An Introduction--C. J. Clay * The Politics of Community: New Labour and the Eclipse of Society--S. Parker * Learning Communities and Tertiary Education--S. Billingham * "For All the Women Out There": Community and the Ethics of Care in the Marketing of a Breast Cancer Fundraising Event--J. D'Aloisio * Contingent Communities: British Social Policy and the Invention of Refugee Communities--L. Kelly * PART 2: JUSTICE WITHIN AND BETWEEN COMMUNITIES * Justice Within and Between Communities: An Introduction--M. Madden * Globalisation, Multiple Threats and the Weakness of International Institutions: A Community-Centred Response--S. Sweeney * The Ideal of a Sustainable Community, 2006--K. Peat * Community Informatics: Building Civil Society in the Information Age?--L. Keeble * Working with the Community: Research and Action--G. Letherby * impetus, a Movement Towards Shared Ethical Values and Human Rights--A. Short * PART 3: BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES * Building Healthy Communities: An Introduction--L. Potts * How Communities Can Use Geographical Information Systems--S. Cinderby * Community Capacity Building, Community Development and Health: A Case Study of "Health Issues in the Community"--R. Phillips * A Community of Expertise: Positioning the U.K. Environmental Breast Cancer Movement--L. Potts * Promoting Participatory Working--P. Turton * Bibliography * Index