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Sense of Community: Issues and Considerations From a Cross-cultural Perspective.

Sonn, Christopher, Bishop, Brian and Drew, Neil M (1999) Sense of Community: Issues and Considerations From a Cross-cultural Perspective. Community, Work & Family, 2 (2). pp. 205-218. ISSN 1366-8803

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Behaviour settings such as work, family, church and community are primary settings in which we participate, they provide us with meaningful roles, relationships, and social identities. In fact, these are settings that provide us with a sense of community (SOC). SOC has been heralded as the guiding value for community research and action. It reflects the integration of people into networks and structures that provide feelings of belonging, identification and meaning. The concept has received much attention since the introduction of McMillan and Chavis' initial formulation. It is argued that research into SOC has been hampered by relying on the Sense of Community Index at the expense of the SOC model. Insights are drawn from cross-cultural psychology and research to highlight conceptual issues and to encourage exploration and the utilisation of alternative modes of investigation. Contextualist approaches including substantive theorising and narrative psychology, which have their roots in pragmatism, are promoted as frameworks for bringing community and SOC into focus as central to social and community development.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sense of community; cultural psychology; contextualism; etic-emic; individualism-collectivism
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
RFCD Classification > 370000 Studies in Human Society
Depositing User: Mr Angeera Sidaya
Date Deposited: 05 May 2006
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2019 02:30
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