Symbolic Construction of Community

Anthony Cohen makes a distinct break with earlier approaches to the study of community, which treated the subject in largely structural terms.

Author: Anthony P. Cohen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134947485

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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Anthony Cohen makes a distinct break with earlier approaches to the study of community, which treated the subject in largely structural terms. His view is interpretive and experiential, seeing the community as a cultural field with a complex of symbols whose meanings vary among its members. He delineates a concept applicable to local and ethnic communities through which people see themselves as belonging to society. The emphasis on boundary is sensitive to the circumstances in which people become aware of the implications of belonging to a community, and describes how they symbolise and utilise these boundaries to give substance to their values and identities.
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The Symbolic Construction of Community

Author: Anthony Paul Cohen

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415046169

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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Anthony Cohen makes a distinct break with earlier approaches to the study of community, which treated the subject in largely structural terms. His view is interpretive and experiential, seeing the community as a cultural field with a complex of symbols whose meanings vary among its members. He delineates a concept applicable to local and ethnic communities through which people see themselves as belonging to society. The emphasis on boundary is sensitive to the circumstances in which people become aware of the implications of belonging to a community, and describes how they symbolise and utilise these boundaries to give substance to their values and identities.
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The Symbolic Construction of Community

Author: Anthony Paul Cohen

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415046169

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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Anthony Cohen makes a distinct break with earlier approaches to the study of community, which treated the subject in largely structural terms. His view is interpretive and experiential, seeing the community as a cultural field with a complex of symbols whose meanings vary among its members. He delineates a concept applicable to local and ethnic communities through which people see themselves as belonging to society. The emphasis on boundary is sensitive to the circumstances in which people become aware of the implications of belonging to a community, and describes how they symbolise and utilise these boundaries to give substance to their values and identities.
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The Symbolic Construction of Community

Author: Anthony Paul Cohen

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415046169

Category: Social Science

Page: 128

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Anthony Cohen makes a distinct break with earlier approaches to the study of community, which treated the subject in largely structural terms. His view is interpretive and experiential, seeing the community as a cultural field with a complex of symbols whose meanings vary among its members. He delineates a concept applicable to local and ethnic communities through which people see themselves as belonging to society. The emphasis on boundary is sensitive to the circumstances in which people become aware of the implications of belonging to a community, and describes how they symbolise and utilise these boundaries to give substance to their values and identities.
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Ethnicity and Nationalism

In a more polemical vein , Worsley has written : Many interactionist studies of
ethnicity at the level of the community are vitiated ... A similar view was
developed earlier by A.P. Cohen in his book on the symbolic construction of
community ( A.P. ...

Author: Thomas Hylland Eriksen

Publisher: Pluto Press

ISBN: 0745318878

Category: Social Science

Page: 199

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New expanded edition of a classic anthropology title that examines ethnicity as a dynamic and shifting aspect of social relations.
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Testimonies of the City

Overview A community is 'a phenomenon of culture' and people construct it
meaningfully 'through their symbolic prowess and resources'.55 It emerges
through social interaction and subjective interpretation, leading to the
appearance of a ...

Author: Joanna Herbert

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317045854

Category: History

Page: 296

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Oral testimony is one of the most valuable but challenging sources for the study of modern history, providing access to knowledge and experience unavailable to historians of earlier periods. In this groundbreaking collection, oral testimonies are used to explore themes relating to the construction of urban memories in European cities during the twentieth century. From the daily experiences of city life, to personal and communal responses to urban change and regeneration, to migration and the construction of ethnic identities, oral history is employed to enrich our understanding of urban history. It offers insights and perspectives that both enhance existing approaches and forces us to re-examine official histories based on more traditional sources of documentation. Moreover, it enables the historian to understand something of the nature of memory itself, and how people construct their own versions of the urban experience to try to make sense of the past. By using the full range of opportunities offered by oral history, as well as fully considering the related methodological issues of interpretation, this volume provides a fascinating insight into one of the least explored areas of urban history. As well as adding to our understanding of the European urban experience, it highlights the potential of this intersection of oral and urban history.
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Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory

The means to build and sustain such community identity were forms of symbolic
exchange and interaction. Gamble (1998: 429–431; 1999) has shown us the
beginnings of the symbolic construction of community as early as the Upper ...

Author: Stella Souvatzi

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135042899

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory addresses these two concepts as interrelated, rather than as separate categories, and as a means for understanding past social relations at different scales. The need for this volume was realised through four main observations: the ever growing interest in space and spatiality across the social sciences; the comparative theoretical and methodological neglect of time and temporality; the lack in the existing literature of an explicit and balanced focus on both space and time; and the large amount of new information coming from prehistoric Mediterranean. It focuses on the active and interactive role of space and time in the production of any social environment, drawing equally on contemporary theory and on case-studies from Mediterranean prehistory. Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory seeks to break down the space-time continuum, often assumed rather than inferred, into space-time units and to uncover the varying and variable interrelations of space and time in prehistoric societies across the Mediterranean. The volume is a response to the dissatisfaction with traditional views of space and time in prehistory and revisits these concepts to develop a timely integrative conceptual and analytical framework for the study of space and time in archaeology.
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Community and Worldview among Paraiyars of South India

According to many Indian social theorists, individuals construct their identity as
members of a particular community.23 The ... Richard Jenkins suggests,
Emphasising the symbolic construction of community, Cohen advances three
arguments; ...

Author: Anderson H. M. Jeremiah

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441170668

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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This volume presents a detailed ethnographic study of rural Paraiyar communities in South India, focusing on their religions and cultural identity. Formerly known as Dalits, or Untouchables, these are a largely socially marginalised group living within a dynamic and complex social matrix dominated by the caste system and its social and religious implications in India. Through examining Paraiyar Christian communities, the author provides a comprehensive understanding of Paraiyar religious worldviews within the dominant Hindu religious worldview. In contrast to existing research, this volume places the Paraiyars within their wider social context, ascribed and achieved identity, religious symbolism and ritual and negotiation of social boundaries. In arguing that the Paraiyars help us to understand religion as 'lived', the author removes the concept 'religion' from the reified forms it so often obtains in textbooks. Instead, Jeremiah demonstrates that it is only in local and specific contexts, as opposed to essentialised notions, that 'religion' either makes any sense or that theories concerning it can be tested.
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Public Religion and Urban Transformation

Suttles, Social Construction of Communities, 21–43. 2. Squires et al., Chicago, 5.
3. Cohen, Symbolic Construction of Community, 5. 4. Stout, “Place of Religion,”
117. 5. Parot, Polish Catholics in Chicago, 225. 6. Ehrenhalt, Lost City. 7.

Author: Lowell Livezey

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 9780814751572

Category: Religion

Page: 364

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American cities are in the midst of fundamental changes. De-industrialization of large, aging cities has been enormously disruptive for urban communities, which are being increasingly fragmented. Though often overlooked, religious organizations are important actors, both culturally and politically in the restructuring metropolis. Public Religion and Urban Transformation provides a sweeping view of urban religion in response to these transformations. Drawing on a massive study of over seventy-five congregations in urban neighborhoods, this volume provides the most comprehensive picture available of urban places of worship-from mosques and gurdwaras to churches and synagogues-within one city. Revisiting the primary site of research for the early members of the Chicago School of urban sociology, the volume focuses on Chicago, which provides an exceptionally clear lens on the ways in which religious organizations both reflect and contribute to changes in American pluralism. From the churches of a Mexican American neighborhood and of the Black middle class to communities shared by Jews, Christians, Hindus, and Muslims and the rise of "megachurches," Public Religion and Urban Transformation illuminates the complex interactions among religion, urban structure, and social change at this extraordinary episode in the history of urban America.
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Symbolic Interactionism in the Gospel according to John

Symbolic Interactionism: An Introduction, An Interpretation, An Integration.
Seventh Edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2001. Cohen, Anthony P.
Symbolic Construction of Community. New York: Routledge, 1985. De Marinis,
Marco.

Author: Elia Shabani Mligo

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781630872557

Category: Religion

Page: 98

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Symbolic interactionism is a social-scientific perspective that seeks to describe how human beings create meaning with one another in their daily lives. Since the world is populated by symbols that characterize all interactions among living beings, this book explores the importance of symbols and symbolic interaction while moving beyond the social sciences to theological studies. By examining the way symbolic interaction is portrayed among characters in the Gospel according to John in the "water narratives," this book argues that the Bible is a symbol that is itself full of symbols whose meanings are worthy of our study. Hence, the interaction of characters in the Gospel of John and the whole Bible, along with the symbols they use in their interactions, demonstrates that symbolism is directly linked to human life because symbols are major means of communication, and without symbols, human beings are in chaos.
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Neighborhood and Community Environments

It requires additional concepts and propositions that focus on the symbolic
construction of community identities, concepts, and propositions that lie waiting to
be tapped in the theory of symbolic interaction. By merging these with economic
and ...

Author: Irwin Altman

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781489919625

Category: Psychology

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This ninth volume in the series deals with a fascinating and complex topic in the environment and behavior field. Neighborhoods and com munities are in various stages of formation and transition in almost every society, nation, and culture. A variety of political, economic, and social factors have resulted in the formation of new communities and the transformation of older communities. Thus we see nomadic people set tling into stable communities, new towns sprouting up around the world, continuing suburban sprawl, simultaneous deterioration, re newal and gentrification of urban areas, demographic changes in com munities, and so on. As in previous volumes, the range of content, theory, and methods represented in the various chapters is intended to be broadly based, with perspectives rooted in several disciplines-anthropology, history, psychology, sociology, urban studies. Although many other disciplines also play an important role in the study and understanding of neigh borhoods and community environments, we hope that the contributions to this volume will at least present readers with a broad sampling-if not a comprehensive treatment-of the topic.
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Understanding Community Media

Throughout, Rennie returns to a central question: What is the place of community
in contemporary politics? ... communication, and cultural studies that examine the
symbolic construction of community (e.g., Anderson, 1991; Cohen, 1985).

Author: Kevin Howley

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781483342856

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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A text that reveals the value and significance of community media in an era of global communication With contributions from an international team of well-known experts, media activists, and promising young scholars, this comprehensive volume examines community-based media from theoretical, empirical, and practical perspectives. More than 30 original essays provide an incisive and timely analysis of the relationships between media and society, technology and culture, and communication and community. Key Features Provides vivid examples of community and alternative media initiatives from around the world Explores a wide range of media institutions, forms, and practices—community radio, participatory video, street newspapers, Independent Media Centers, and community informatics Offers cutting-edge analysis of community and alternative media with original essays from new, emerging, and established voices in the field Takes a multidimensional approach to community media studies by highlighting the social, economic, cultural, and political significance of alternative, independent, and community-oriented media organizations Enters the ongoing debates regarding the theory and practice of community media in a comprehensive and engaging fashion Intended Audience This core text is designed for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Community Media, Alternative Media, Media & Social Change, Communication & Culture, and Participatory Communication in the departments of communication, media studies, sociology, and cultural studies.
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Understanding Digital Games

The dynamicsof inclusion andexclusion, belonging andmembership are then
notsimply tied to mutualpresence, but alsotothe symbolic construction of
community asadispersed imaginary entity. In terms of digital gaming,wecan
lookatthe ways ...

Author: Jason Rutter

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446235966

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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There are an increasing number of courses on digital games and gaming, following the rise in the popularity of games themselves. Amongst these practical courses, there are now theoretical courses appearing on gaming on media, film and cultural studies degree programmes. The aim of this book is to satisfy the need for a single accessible textbook which offers a broad introductions to the range of literatures and approaches currently contributing to digital game research. Each of the chapters will outline key theoretical perspectives, theorists and literatures to demonstrate their relevance to, and use in, the study of digital games.
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John and Postcolonialism

... focus rather on how john's Gospel constructs community. It takes as its point of
departure what Anthony P. Cohen calls 'the symbolic construction of community',
2 or what Benedict Anderson calls 'imagined communities'.3 Both A. Cohen and.

Author: Jeffrey Staley

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781841273235

Category: Religion

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An exciting collection of essays connecting postcolonialism and the Gospel of John, written by a group of international scholars, both established and new, from Hispanic, African, Jewish, Chinese, Korean and African-American backgrounds. It explores important topics such as the appropriation of John in settler communities of the United States and Canada, and the use of John in the colonisation of Africa, Asia, Latin America and New Zealand.The interpreters represent communities of borderland dwellers, women in colonised settings, minority ethnic groups within colonised centres and others. In an era of rapid globalisation, increased travel, rising diasporic communities and neo-colonialism, it is crucial that biblical scholars find ways to address this world with critical skill and sensitivity. This book fills this need.
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The Symbolic Construction of Reality

the education of the private individual through the community but not in the
education of humankind. People learn, but humankind as a whole does not. The
individual, directly confronted in his educational development with the abstract
realm ...

Author: Jeffrey Andrew Barash

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226036892

Category: Philosophy

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In 1933 eminent philosopher Ernst Cassirer (1874–1945) fled Nazi Germany for the United States. His fame in Europe having already been established through a public debate with Martin Heidegger in 1929, Cassirer would go on to become a noteworthy influence on American culture. His most important early writings focused on the symbol and symbolic interaction, exploring how human cultures—from early myth-based ones to our own modern, scientifically oriented time—have used symbols to mediate the basic forms of experience. Following this work, Cassirer extended his insights to encompass a broad spectrum of philosophical themes: from investigations into Western epistemological and scientific traditions to aesthetics and the philosophy of history to anthropology and political philosophy. Reflecting this diversity in Cassirer’s own work, The Symbolic Construction of Reality collects eleven essays by a wide range of contributors from different fields. Each essay analyzes a different aspect of his legacy, reassessing its significance for our contemporary world and bringing much-needed attention to this seminal thinker.
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The Human Symbolic Construction of Reality

The religious experiences of each individual are unique as such and require
respect from the research community. At the same time, it must be said that the
worlds of religious experience can always develop and be conveyed to others.

Author: Nils G. Holm

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9783643905260

Category: Religion

Page: 145

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It is typical of humans to create forms of understanding at a symbolic level of the biological and physiological reality that confronts them. This gives meaning and a coherent structure to the often chaotic nature of that reality. This book sums up several years of research into religion from a perspective informed by history, phenomenology, and psychology. Religion has been a means of creating such symbolic understandings. The similarities between various religions are actually very great, although their differences tend to dominate our view of them. Everything in the world of religion can be traced back to everyday simple circumstances which, through the construction of symbols at both the cognitive and the behavioral levels, acquire a more elevated and "sacred" character. The book provides an introduction to the key aspects of a psycho/phenomenological study of the forms of expression within religions. (Series: Nordic Studies in Religion and Culture - Vol. 2) [Subject: Religious Studies, Phenomenology, Psychology]
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Godly Clergy in Early Stuart England

I have been concerned to trace a clerical community , or rather a series of
overlapping and interlocking communities , to ... Imagined Communities ( London
, 1991 ) ; A. P. Cohen , The Symbolic Construction of Community ( Chichester ,
1993 ) .

Author: Tom Webster

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521521408

Category: History

Page: 350

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An analysis of the networks constructed between Puritan ministers before the English Civil War.
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Community Media

I begin with a few observations regarding the role communication technologies
play in articulating community in each of the ... symbolic construction of
community , I do not dismiss the importance of place nor neglect material
relations of power ...

Author: Kevin Howley

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139443399

Category: Social Science

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While transnational conglomerates consolidate their control of the global mediascape, local communities struggle to create democratic media systems. This groundbreaking study of community media, first published in 2005, combines original research with comparative and theoretical analysis in an engaging and accessible style. Kevin Howley explores the different ways in which local communities come to make use of various technologies such as radio, television, print and computer networks for purposes of community communication and considers the ways these technologies shape, and are shaped by, the everyday lived experience of local populations. He also addresses broader theoretical and philosophical issues surrounding the relationship between communication and community, media systems and the public sphere. Case studies illustrate the pivotal role community media play in promoting cultural production and communicative democracy within and between local communities. This book will make a significant contribution to existing scholarship in media and cultural studies on alternative, participatory and community-based media.
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Virtual Community Practices and Social Interactive Media Technology Lifecycle and Workflow Analysis

Understanding knowledge sharing in virtual communities: An integration of social
capital and social cognitive theories. Decision Support Systems., 42, ... The
symbolic construction of community. London: Tavistock Publications. Cohill, A. M.
 ...

Author: Akoumianakis, Demosthenes

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 9781605663418

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 528

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Provides an analysis of virtual communities, explaining their lifecycle in terms of maturity-based models and workflows.
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NATO in the New Europe

there really was a Western community of shared values and norms, and that
NATO was the embodiment of that community. ... To understand the dynamics
and significance of NATO's symbolic construction of a Western community, it is
useful to ...

Author: Alexandra Gheciu

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804767661

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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In recent years, the question of the post-Cold War NATO, particularly in relation to the former communist countries of Europe, has been at the heart of a series of international reform debates. NATO in the "New Europe" contributes to these debates by arguing that, contrary to conventional assumptions about the role of international security organizations, NATO has been systematically involved in the process of building liberal democracy in the former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The book also seeks to contribute to the development of an international political sociology of socialization. It draws on arguments developed by political theorists, sociologists, and social psychologists to examine the dynamics and implications of socialization practices conducted by an international institution.
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