'Community' is a much used yet little understood term. Through a set of detailed case studies of communities in action this book examines the sources of community activism, the ways in which communities define themselves, and are defined by outsiders, and the nature of the interface between communities and public agencies via partnerships.
The essays indicate how communities are sites for internal conflict between the young and old, men and women, and for external conflict with local and central government and other public agencies. The important role of women is another strong theme.
provides detailed pictures of community life on run-down estates in some of Britain's most deprived communities; looks at the way in which local government reorganisation has been influenced by ideas of community; examines some of the problems of partnership; looks at new directions in community organising, such as networking.
A vivid picture of people struggling to keep community spirit alive in the face of crime, apathy and public ignorance is built, showing that policies relating to crime prevention and economic regeneration are often made in ignorance of the complexity and variety of communities, often with negative effects. This book seeks to remedy this problem and as such will be highly relevant to both policy makers and practitioners, as well as to students and researchers in the field of public and social policy.
"... a useful, readable, and illuminating collection of papers on community as lived experience, on community as a site for collective resistance and struggle, and community as a focus for policy interventions." Community Development Journal
|Notes on contributors|
|Contested communities||p. 3|
|What do we know about the neighbours? Sociological perspectives on neighbouring and community||p. 17|
|"It's all right 'round here if you're local": community in the inner city||p. 33|
|"You've fucked up the estate and now you're carrying a briefcase!"||p. 51|
|Community without unity||p. 68|
|The dialogics of 'community': language and identity in a housing scheme in the West of Scotland||p. 84|
|Taken away from community: older people and sheltered housing||p. 105|
|Getting a fix on community identity: the catalyst of the local government review||p. 125|
|Local government and community||p. 144|
|Community networking: developing strength through diversity||p. 165|
|Do the people want power? The social responsibilities of empowering communities||p. 180|
|Community participation and urban regeneration in Britain||p. 201|
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Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: Policy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.8 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.36