The Community in America

The Community in America

The Community in America

The Community in America

Excerpt

"Are you principally concerned with the large metropolis, or the smaller cities?" This question was raised by many of the author's colleagues, both professional and otherwise, when they learned that he was preparing a book on the American community.

They had seized on a crucial issue. Obviously, there are great differences in sizes and types of American communities. And yet, if the concept of the community as a social entity has any inherent validity, there must be identifiable characteristics which all communities have in common, whatever the differences which may distinguish one from another.

This book is an attempt to explore in a systematic way the common characteristics of the changing pattern of American community life. It does so by placing less stress on a particular geographic area as the focus of analysis than on the types of systemic relationship into which people and social organizations come by virtue of their clustering together in the same location. Chapter I presents a model for a functional conception of the community after describing some of the changes transforming community life, changes which have made older concepts of community no longer tenable.

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