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What is community?

Simon Evans

in Community and ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9781847420718
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301905 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420718.003.0002
What is community?

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This chapter examines the concept of community and how it has influenced social policy in the UK. It argues that physical place or neighbourhood remains a key element of many communities because, despite the impact of globalisation and other social changes, it provides the venues for those everyday social interactions that are vital to a sense of community. A range of theories are explored such as community of interest, community of place, community of identity, and community in place. It compares the concepts of neighbourhood and community, along with the differences between rural and urban communities. It considers the nature and influence of government policy on community, particularly in terms of the recent emphasis on promoting community as an important element in the quality of life and wellbeing of older people.

Keywords: community; social policy; UK; neighbourhood; globalisation; social interactions; rural communities; urban communities; quality of life; older people

Chapter.  6564 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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