Symbolic Construction of Community

1st Edition

Anthony P. Cohen

Routledge
Published June 27, 1985
Textbook - 128 Pages
ISBN 9780415046169 - CAT# RU8758
Series: Key Ideas

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Summary

Anthony Cohen makes a distinct break with earlier approaches to the study of community, which treated the subject in largely structural terms. His view is interpretive and experiential, seeing the community as a cultural field with a complex of symbols whose meanings vary among its members. He delineates a concept applicable to local and ethnic communities through which people see themselves as belonging to society. The emphasis on boundary is sensitive to the circumstances in which people become aware of the implications of belonging to a community, and describes how they symbolise and utilise these boundaries to give substance to their values and identities.

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