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Simon Evans

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420718

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420718.001.0001

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What is community?

What is community?

(p.7) Two What is community?
Community and ageing

Simon Evans

Policy Press

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

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