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. 1 This warden simultaneously praised the community that her small group had developed at their post and placed it within the local and the national community at war. Although their good work during air raids was discussed, the real success, she claimed, was the establishment of this community; it had supported personnel through the conflict and would allow them to make the postwar world a better place

in Creating the people’s war
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Individuals acting together
Keith Graham

Introduction The background (though most emphatically not the topic) of this discussion is the liberal/communitarian debate. Many believe that debate has now run its course, but it has left an indelible mark on the way that perennial questions about the relations between individual and community are framed. In this chapter I attempt to articulate the idea of one kind of community, pertinent to social

in Political concepts
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Panikos Panayi

In his study of the construction of German communities abroad, influenced by nationalist organisations in the newly created German Empire in the decades leading up to the First World War, Stefan Manz focused upon a series of characteristics which went towards the development of these communities. Three elements in particular, led from the German imperial centre, characterised the urban

in The Germans in India
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Janelle Joseph

Diasporas are communities positioned at the interstices of (1) a (mythical) homeland or local community where people are from, (2) the location where they reside, and (3) a globally dispersed, yet collectively identified group. These communities are neither homogeneous nor innate. A sense of community, Brubaker (2004) notes in Ethnicity without Groups , is often objectified as a “thing

in Sport in the Black Atlantic
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Neighbours, networks and social memory
Ben Jones

Chapter 4 Community: neighbours, networks and social memory We saw in the last chapter the ways in which working class neighbourhoods were materially and discursively recast in the mid-twentieth century. Particularly powerful was an official discourse which categorised neighbourhoods as ‘slums’, and we analysed the degrees to which this category was adopted, adapted and resisted by residents of neighbourhoods subject to slum clearance. We also saw how these stigmatising representations of place were remapped onto some council estates and how some residents used

in The working class in mid-twentieth-century England
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Bernadette C. Hayes
Ian McAllister

While institutional design is viewed as the most effective means of resolving divisions in post-conflict societies, there has also been an emphasis on peace building at the grass-roots level. It is often argued that successful conflict resolution is as much about the reconstruction of communities and societies as it is about the design of political institutions and states

in Conflict to peace
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Martin Yuille
Bill Ollier

To get sick Britain on the road to recovery, we need to change, not only at the ‘top’ of society, but also at the ‘bottom’. Pillar One was about top-down change and now we turn to Pillar Two, to bottom-up change. A community is generally thought of as all the people that reside or work – or are homeless or workless – in a specified geographical area. It also includes the groupings and organisations there, whether it is workplaces, schools, places of worship, clubs or shops, cafés and restaurants. For us a community is a little more abstract: it is a group of

in Saving sick Britain
Gary James

Footballing communities 71 4 Footballing communities During the decade of Hulme Athenaeum’s existence the population of Manchester continued to grow, reaching over 400,000 by 1871. This exacerbated existing problems such as overcrowding in the slum areas, and although most cellar dwellings had gone by 1874, it would be another forty years until the majority of the back-­to-­back houses had been demolished.1 The problems were those of a big commercial city, and polluted Manchester epitomised all that was socially bad in the effects of the Industrial

in The emergence of footballing cultures
Struggles and conflicts of an emerging public health system in the United States, 1915–45
Rima D. Apple

9 ‘Community healthcare’: Struggles and conflicts of an emerging public health system in the United States, 1915–45 Rima D. Apple Introduction In the first half of the twentieth century, concern for community health, particularly worries over the high rates of infant and maternal mortality and of tuberculosis cases, spurred the development of public health nursing in the United States.1 The increase in public health nurses and the variety of organisations supplying them indicate that American society strongly believed in their effectiveness. Yet, their very

in Histories of nursing practice
Rachel Cope

Although Catherine Livingston Garrettson (1752–1849) initially encountered feelings of isolation upon converting to Methodism, she discovered that the written word allowed her to engage in relational rather than solitary religious experiences. Over time, the written word helped her create a web of meaningful ties with imagined and actual kin and motivated her to form, develop and foster additional relationships in multiple contexts. Garrettson’s story thus demonstrates the need to consider how the real and imagined communities encountered through reading and constructed through writing have played a role in the spiritual development of early American women. Indeed, women’s experiences serve not simply to explain aspects of American social development, but to illuminate their broader world of connections – familial, religious, social and literary.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library