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Cohesion and Complexity: The State, Community and Communities


Fairbrother, P and Mees, B and Phillips, R and Tyler, M, Cohesion and Complexity: The State, Community and Communities, Wildfire and Power: Policy and Practice, Routledge, P Fairbrother and M Tyler (ed), New York, pp. 33-54. ISBN 9781138370203 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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As discussed in the previous chapter, understandings of ‘community’ vary. Usually academic discussions on community highlight the contested nature of defining the concept. Commentators often then proceed with a description of community in terms of three aspects: place, interest and identity. However, the contested nature of community has been questioned. To illustrate, Taksa (2000) argues that there is a commonality in debates concerning the loss of community in that many argue that ‘community’s recovery’ should be based on unity and harmony. In taking a more critical view about community, the argument is that this view obscures the differences and divisions that often mark communities and so perpetuates social inequalities.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:wildfire, communication, preparedness, community
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Rural sociology
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Structure, delivery and resourcing
UTAS Author:Mees, B (Dr Bernard Mees)
ID Code:129319
Year Published:2019 (online first 2018)
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2018-11-23
Last Modified:2018-12-05

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