Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447316084 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447316077 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Understanding Community

Politics, Policy and Practice - Second Edition

Peter Somerville

Understanding Community

Peter Somerville

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $39.95 ISBN: 9781447316084 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781447316077 Published July 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Understanding Community is a practical guide to understanding policies and underlying theories relating to community. This substantially revised edition draws upon theories from Marx and Bourdieu to offer a clearer understanding of community in capitalist society. Peter Somerville presents a close examination of government policies in areas such as economic development, education, health care, housing, and safety and sets them in the context of our understanding of crucial concepts like community cohesion, social capital, and capacity building. The book also explores the dark side of community to show how phenomena such as riots, gangs, and terrorism can be understood as expressions of alternative ways to organize in search of community. The result is a book that challenges our understanding of community and assesses the strengths and limitations of our conceptual framework for thinking about and working with communities.
Contents
PART I;
The nature of community;
Capital, class and community;
Political community under capitalism;
Governmental approaches to community;
PART II;
Community economic development (CED);
Community learning;
Community health and social care;
Housing and community;
Community policing;
Conclusion
Review Quotes
Quintin Bradley, Leeds Beckett University | Housing Studies
"In the second edition of his Understanding Community, Somerville sets out to restore rigour to the language of community, rendering it once again a purposeful analytical framework as well as a realizable social goal."
Journal of Social Policy, on first edition
"It is topical, well referenced and contains plenty to consider. . . . A useful text for those studying social policy, sociology, community development, urban regeneration and social work."
Journal of Regional Science, on first edition
"An exhilarating discussion, which opens up new ways of thinking about an old problem."
Allan Cochrane, Open University
“Not only extremely valuable as a resource for students, but also a powerful contribution to debates about the nature of community and its potential as a driver of political and social change.”
Jonathan Davies, De Montfort University
“Radically develops ideas explored in the first edition, integrating wide-ranging and nuanced theoretical investigation with compelling argument for the possibility of ‘beloved community’ and a way beyond the austerity consensus.”
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