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What are Community Studies? takes the study of communities as a method of social research and outlines key methodological issues. International in scope, this book considers new ways of researching modern communities.
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In the age of globalization and the changing welfare state, community relations are now more important than ever. What are Community Studies? gives an overview of the community studies field, with particular focus on the research methods used, and how they have evolved in recent years. Defining the key terms in the field, it outlines the history of the methods used in community studies and uses examples and case studies to illuminate the theory.
This book captures the organization of modern community life and shows how current researchers are working with broader and more imaginative definitions of community. Responding to criticisms of the field, What are Community Studies? challenges our traditional notions of communities and how they are analysed. Graham Crow's text will be a vital resource to researchers in the field.
About the Author
Graham Crow is Professor of Sociology at Southampton University and Deputy Director of the ESRC National Centre for Research Methods. He is former co-editor of Sociological Research Online, and is co-editor of the journal Sociology. He has published widely in research methods, sociological theory, comparative sociology and the sociology of the family and community. His latest book is The Art of the Sociological Argument (Palgrave 2005).
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