Originally published in 1971, this was the first text on community studies which analysed the major empirical work in this field in a comparative perspective. It is concerned both with the sociology of community and the sociology of community studies. It takes both the findings of individual studies and the research process itself as significant sociological data in their own right, and it asks continually: how do we know what we know about communities?
Community Studies is, then, not only a contribution to that particular field but also to our understanding of the interaction between theory and method in sociology. Studies are analysed from North and Latin America, Britain and Western Europe, and India. Two central problems, stratification and power, are considered at greater length.
This book would prove to be an invaluable introduction not only for students of sociology but also for architects, planners and all those who had an interest in the community at the time. Its authors were, and had been, actively engaged in field research in this area.
Table of Contents
Preface. 1. Introduction 2. Theories of Community 3. Community Study as a Method of Empirical Investigation 4. The American Community Studies 5. The European Studies 6. Local Social Stratification 7. Community Studies, Community Power and Community Conflict 8. Conclusions. Further Reading. Index.
Colin Bell and Howard Newby