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Changing CommunitiesStories of Migration, Displacement and Solidarities$
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Marjorie Mayo

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329312

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329312.001.0001

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The slippery concept of ‘community’, both locally and transnationally

The slippery concept of ‘community’, both locally and transnationally

(p.125) Seven The slippery concept of ‘community’, both locally and transnationally
Changing Communities

Marjorie Mayo

Policy Press

This chapter starts by summarising previous definitions and approaches to the contested concept of ‘community’, typically defined in terms of ‘communities of place’, ‘communities of identity’ and ‘communities of shared interests’. Reflecting upon the experiences of communities in response to migration and displacement, the chapter concludes that such previous definitions need to be expanded. They need to take account of the ways in which communities form and re- form, in response to displacement and dispossession. And they need to take account of the multiple ways in which people identify with varying communities simultaneously, both locally and as members of faith communities and transnational communities.

Keywords:   Community, Communities of locality/ place, Communities of interest, Transnational communities, Faith communities

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