The Concept of Community

Opinions, Life Experiences and Definitions of Children, Young People and University Students from the Province of Buenos Aires

Authored by: Graciela Tonon

The Routledge Handbook of Community Development

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138940765
eBook ISBN: 9781315674100
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315674100.ch18

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Abstract

The concept of community has undergone several changes during the last decades, according to the different times, cultures and geographical features. The definition of community in South America was traditionally based on the interpersonal relations between neighbors, security and the solidarity that comes from living together. This chapter aims at understanding current diverse opinions, life experiences and definitions of the concept of community elicited by three population groups: Children, young people and university students. The author begins by explaining changes in concepts of community that include a movement away from only a place to that of social community as well, and varying by cultures, context and geography. This chapter focuses on perceptions of community from a South American perspective—defining community as traditionally based on the interpersonal relations between neighbors, security and the solidarity that comes from living together. There are newer perspectives and the author delves into understanding these via three projects, surveying three distinct age groups of youth.

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