Liveability and Community

Liveability:
http://theconversation.com/lonely-over-christmas-a-snapshot-of-social-isolation-in-the-suburbs-34810?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+10+December+2014+-+2212&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+10+December+2014+-+2212+CID_106441db15a2cc8e2971915db0e20124&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Lonely%20over%20Christmas%20a%20snapshot%20of%20social%20isolation%20in%20the%20suburbs and
http://theconversation.com/cities-could-be-the-secret-to-fighting-climate-change-34915?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+11+December+2014+-+2215&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+11+December+2014+-+2215+CID_55a41319d6ffe7ae39b03f02d39f53f9&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=Cities%20could%20be%20the%20secret%20to%20fighting%20climate%20change

Community is a big thing. In more ways than one.

Going all sociological again (yeah, I know, I know)…

Community – overall key characteristics:
A group of people
Maintain regular contact
Share similar interests, beliefs & values
Striving for a common goal
Share sense of belonging

So. A community can be defined as a group of people who have regular contact. They share similar values, beliefs and interests. They all strive for a common goal and share a sense of belonging.
Does that sound familiar?

The Concept of Community – divided into two types:

Gemeinschaft:
Traditional (often rural)
Face ­to ­face contact
Kinship ties
Location based
Strict moral code (often influenced by church)
Social cohesion
Culturally homogenous
Close­knit, intimate ties
Harmony

Gesellschaft:
Modern (often urban)
Interest­based
Not bound by location
Impersonal relationships
Fleeting ties
Selfish interests
“Contractual” attitude
Diverse/ culturally heterogeneous
Social conflict can arise
Laws and moral code not as bound or based on religion/ family/ other traditional beliefs

See you later.

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