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Review '[An excellent overview of how the concept of community has been interpreted and (ab)used by politicians and policymakers...The book takes familiar concepts and methods, weaving them together to build a new framework [and throws up a number of challenging questions and some illuminating insights...[it is unreservedly recommended for policy-makers and anyone working in or with communities. It will also be of immense value to students, researchers and academics seeking a comprehensive synthesis.'--Alison Gilchrist, Community Development Journal'[Grounded, authoritative and timely...a crucial contribution to an important policy debate.'--John Houghton, Environmental Planning Read more Review Reviews of the first edition: ? '[A]n excellent overview of how the concept of community has been interpreted and (ab)used by politicians and policymakers...The book takes familiar concepts and methods, weaving them together to build a new framework [and] throws up a number of challenging questions and some illuminating insights...[it] is unreservedly recommended for policy-makers and anyone working in or with communities. It will also be of immense value to students, researchers and academics seeking a comprehensive synthesis.' - Alison Gilchrist, Community Development Journal'[G]rounded, authoritative and timely...a crucial contribution to an important policy debate.' - John Houghton, Environmental Planning ? 'There remains little else that competes with this very readable text in its comprehensive coverage, and ability to help the reader through all of the bewildering complexity of this topic.' -Voluntary Sector Review ? '...a comprehensive look at how ideas of 'community' have been incorporated into government policy over the last half century or so.' - Environment and Planning Read more See all Editorial Reviews

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