Psychological Sense of Community: Research, Applications, and Implications / Edition 1

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In this book, the authors have explored a series of different types of communities - moving from the basic idea of those based at a specific location all the way to virtual communities of the internet. A key feature of this book is the research focus that emphasizes the theory-driven analyses and the diversity of contexts in which sense of community is applied. The book will be of great interest to those concerned with understanding various forms of community and how communities can be mobilized to achieve wellbeing.

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Emphasizing a research-based approach to theoretical considerations of the definitions and values of community, 16 chapters are presented by Fisher (psychology, Victoria U., Australia), Sonn (psychology, Edith Cowan U., Australia), and Bishop (psychology, Curtin U., Australia). Contributors share a thematic format, but propose different models of community and different research methodologies. The articles are organized into sections the relate to aspects of community in defined physical settings; discuss relational communities which develop within specific types of settings; examine how community provides individuals with social support, identity, or other psychological buffers; and explore method and theoretical developments. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306472817
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 6/30/2002
  • Series: Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 339
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction. 1. Psychological Sense of Community: Theory, Research, and Application; K.D. Bess, et al. Part II: Locational Communities. 2. Psychological Home; S.T. Sigmon, et al. 3. Presumptive Planning: From Urban Design to Community Creation in One Move? J. Hillier. 4. Community, Sense of Community, and Networks; J. Hughey, P.W. Speer.Part III: Specific Settings. 5. Sense of Community of Young Women in Custody; T. Redman, A.T. Fisher. 6. Sense of Community Among Recovering Addicts Residing in Oxford Houses: Making a House a Home; J.R. Ferrari, et al. 7. Sense of Community in a University Setting: Campus as Workplace; B.B. Mahan, et al. 8. Being Church and Community: Psychological Sense of Community in a Local Parish; R. Miers, A.T. Fisher. 9. Sense of Community in the School: Listening to Students' Voices; H. Vrailis Bateman.Part IV: Specific Groups. 10. Young People's Development of the Community-Minded Self: Considering Community Identity, Community Attachment and Sense of Community; G.M.H. Pretty. 11. Immigrant Adaptation: Understanding the Process Through Sense of Community; C.C. Sonn. 12. MOOing Till the Cows Come Home: The Search for Sense of Community in Virtual Environments; L. Roberts, et al. 13. Contemporary Aboriginal Perceptions of Community; P. Dudgeon, et al. Part V: Methodological and Theoretical Developments. 14. Sense of Community in Rural Communities: A Mixed Methodological Approach; B.J. Bishop, et al. 15. Neighborhood Sense of Community and Social Capital: A Multi-Level Analysis; D.D. Perkins, D.A. Long. 16. Expanding the Conceptualization of PSOC; A.E. Brodsky, et al.Index.

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