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The Relational Fabric of Community

Authors: Bessant, Kenneth C.

  • Explores the relational underpinnings of community theory
  • Proposes that community is fundamentally relational in its continuous emergence, dynamism, and transformation
  • Examines the value in exploring different interpretations of this essential aspect of human social existence
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Theoretical and philosophical work on community has yielded multifold definitions and analytical frameworks. Kenneth C. Bessant reflects on the inherent complexity and diversity of this deeply intersubjective aspect of lived social experience. He explores the relational underpinnings of early and more contemporary approaches to the study of community, with a particular emphasis on their core assumptions, concepts, and tenets. Each of these perspectives offers a relatively distinct interpretation of community, while also revealing the intrinsically relational fabric of its perpetual emergence, dynamism, and transformation. The ‘being-with’ of relational social existence is the fundamental basis upon which all conceptions of community are built, and this is the epicenter around which the book revolves. Community is born of, exists within, and brings forth social relations. It is a living expression of relational willing, thinking, and acting.

About the authors

Kenneth C. Bessant is Professor of Rural Development at Brandon University, Canada. His academic publications span a number of research areas: multidimensional scale analysis, typological method, sustainable livelihoods, and community development. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Enigma of Community

    Bessant, Kenneth C.

    Pages 1-35

  • Entering into Relation: Being as Social Being

    Bessant, Kenneth C.

    Pages 37-63

  • Evolving Conceptions of Community

    Bessant, Kenneth C.

    Pages 65-97

  • The Field-Interactional Approach to Community

    Bessant, Kenneth C.

    Pages 99-126

  • Dialogical Conceptions of the Self and Community

    Bessant, Kenneth C.

    Pages 127-153

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56042-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-56041-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Relational Fabric of Community
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-56042-1
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-56042-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-56041-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 249
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