A useful book that provides some really good analysis of the key areas in community studies.
The section on symbolic constructions is particular important for social work students
Another good addition to the Key Concepts range of publications. A concise and easily accessible introduction to key issues in Community Studies and a good companion for new students.
very good text book for community studies not many books in this field
a key introductory guide
This is a very useful as an introductory book to students undertaking courses on the topic of community. I founds it's map like structure and links between themes and topics a particular strength. I don't think it provides enough depth and material to serve as a main text for community courses but certainly recommended reading. There are places where it is not as consistent as it should be. Some sections are a little vague and repetitive, and in certain cases the further reading suggestions seem a bit tangential or not up to date.
key concepts and ideas are bought up to date and encourage teacher and student alike to reflect on their understandings of 'community'.
This is a great book. It follows a logical order and lays out historical and modern theories on communities. As a lecturer delivering 'community' to students who are new to the subject, I have made this one of the essential books on their reading list.
This book provides useful background reading for my students.
A good comprehensive account for our community entrepreneur students
perfect for our community work module
A valuable book that is made very accessible by its organisation into short sections, with section outlines and links to other parts of the book. Good coverage of contemporary use and theories of community.
This book was reccommended as part of the bibliography for the course on "Diagnóstico Territorial" rather than "Laboratório de Projecto I". This book is a highly interesting resource for any student in Social Sciences but I saw 2 difficulties in adopting it for "Laboratório de Projecto I": it is not an elementary approach for second year students and it does not contain images or case studies, which makes it harder to adopt for design students.
Really useful theoretical overview of debates surrounding 'community'. Excellent section on community as policy and practice.
A very comprehensive source for the University of Cumbria's Youth & Community Work programme of studies. It's biggest strength lies in its structured sequence: (a) moving from topical issues & controversies; (b) towards more conceptual discourse.
The book presents the range of discourses around community and the study of community in times of globalisation and transnational experiences. It exposes the reader to theories of community in a reader friendly manner and positions the topic as a site of contestation. This is useful for students who are reading for degrees in community development/ studies because the text allows them to critically engage in the theoretical and practical issues of community in local and global settings.
A very impressive text, which offers a comprehensive introduction to the key concepts of community studies. It is highly informative, yet written in an accessible manner. An excellent text for students new to the subject area, as it will introduce them to, and help them understand some of the complexities associated with this subject area. A highly recommended addition to community studies literature.
An excellant resource for the Community Studies and Youth & Community degrees - This book is essential reading for students studying at the University of Bolton as itprovides insight into up-to-date concepts.
A very good introduction to the concept of community and ways in which it can be researched. Being an introductory text and my programme a doctoral one, the text would not be recommended as other than supplementary. That said, it does provide a useful overview.
I recieved the book a bit late in relation to the start of this year's course - i'll consider using it as supplementary literature for this course next year and as recommended literature for our second year course in social geography (in the Spring semester)
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