This List of community topics is intended to be a comprehensive listing of topics, categories and other resources related to community in the broadest sense possible.
, the human community:
- World community, the global aspects of community from the perspective of governance and the humanities
- International community, the global aspects of community from the perspective of governance and the humanities
- Global village, the global aspects of community from the perspective of telecommunications
Ideational or abstract community types
Geographic and physical community types
Human geography means who people are and where they live
- European Community, founded on March 25, 1957 by the signing of the Treaty of Rome
- Community council, tier of local government in Wales and Scotland
- Autonomous communities of Spain, Spain's fifty provinces are grouped into seventeen autonomous communities
- Communities, regions and language areas of Belgium
- Local community, a town, city, neighborhood, rural area, or any locale and everyone in it
- Unincorporated community, a geographic area having a common social identity
- Residential community, a community, usually a small town or city, that is composed mostly of residents
- Intentional Community, a planned residential community, usually of people that share personal and cultural values.
Types of communities
Types of communities:
- Action, a group of people organized to support a cause or bring about social change
- Circumstance, a group of people bound together because of circumstances usually beyond their control
- Interest, a group of people who share a common interest or passion
- Place, a group of people bound together because of where they spend a continuous portion of their time
- Position, a group of people who share a particular station in life (such as teenage years, marriage, parenthood, etc.)
- Practice, a group of people who choose to collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations.
- Purpose, a group of people who are going through the same process or are trying to achieve a similar objective
see Group (sociology)
Types of cooperatives
refers to efforts to improve communities:
Community concepts, movements and schools of thought
- Community studies, an academic discipine, drawing on sociology and anthropology with emphasis on ethnography (participant observation)
- Community practice social work, a branch of the applied field of social work, which focuses on community level interventions, such as community organizing, community development, policy advocacy and policy analysis.
- Community psychology, the use of the principles of psychology to understand how communities work (or fail to work)
- Computational sociology, a recently developed branch of sociology that uses computation to analyze social phenomena
- Cultural anthropology, a field of anthropology comprising the holistic study of humanity
- Internet studies, an emerging field of academia dealing with the interaction between the Internet and modern society
- Organizational Development, a branch of Sociology that deals with how and why people organize themselves
- Philosophy of social science, the scholarly elucidation and debate of accounts of the nature of the social sciences
- Rural sociology, a field of sociology associated with the study of life in small towns and the country.
- Social geography, how society affects geographical features and how environmental factors affect society.
- Social philosophy, the philosophical study of interesting questions about social behavior (typically, of humans).
- Social sciences, groups of academic disciplines that study the human aspects of the world using scientific methods
- Sociocultural evolution, theories of cultural evolution and social evolution, describing how cultures and societies have developed over time
- Urban planning, the discipline which deals with the development of metropolitan areas, municipalities and neighbourhoods
Concepts and principles
- Communitarianism, a group of related but distinct philosophies advocating phenomena such as civil society
- Consensus decision-making, inclusive decision-making processes that accommodate even the minority
- Meritocracy, a form of government based on rule by ability (merit) rather than by wealth or other determinants of social position.
- Interpersonal relationship, a connection, affiliation or association between two or more people
- Social capital, a concept with a variety of inter-related definitions, based on the economic value of social networks
- Communitas, a Latin noun for the spirit of community having significance in cultural anthropology and the social sciences.
- Community television, television stations that are owned and operated by communities rather than governments or corporations
- Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, terms introduced by German sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies to distinguish community from society
- Group dynamics, the field of study within the social sciences that focuses on the nature of groups
- Small-group communication, communication in a context that mixes interpersonal communication interactions with social clustering
- Socialization, the process by which people learn to adopt the behavior patterns of the community in which they live
- Collectivism, a school of thought, antithetical to Individualism, in which the collective takes precedence over the individual
- Organizational learning, an area of knowledge that looks at how an organization learns and adapts
- Affinity (sociology), in terms of sociology, refers to "kinship of spirit", interest and other interpersonal commonalities
- Cenobitic, a monastic tradition that stresses community life as opposed to eremitic — like a hermit.
- Collective, a group of people who share common interests, working together to achieve a common objective
- Consanguinity, the quality of being descended from the same ancestor as another person
- Emergence, complex pattern formation from simpler rules
- Group (sociology), a collection of people who share characteristics, interact and have a common identity
- Liminality, a period of transition related to initiation, rite of passage or other entry into a group
- Meeting, two or more people coming together to have discussions or produce a predetermined output, often in a formalized way
- Organization, a formal group of people with one or more shared goals
- Plenary session, the part of a meeting when all members of all parties are in attendance
- Solidarity (sociology), the feeling or condition of unity based on common goals, interests, and sympathies among a group's members
Virtual community, a group of people communicating with each other by means of information technologies:
See also Virtual reality communities
Lists of communities, co-ops, etc.:
Lists of virtual communities:
The world community:
Note to dialup users: the following lists are massive
- Craigslist: a centralized network of online urban communities, featuring free classified advertisements (with jobs, housing, personals, for sale/barter/wanted, services, community, gigs and resumes categories) and forums sorted by various topics
- The WELL or The Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link is one of the oldest ongoing virtual communities. It is best known for the authors, technologists and journalists who congregate there, and for the deep sense of community and continuity provided by its Internet forums. The discussion topics on the WELL range from the deeply serious to the generally silly, depending on the nature and interests of the participants.
Other community topics
- Global Ecovillage Network, a global association of people and communities (ecovillages) dedicated to living "sustainable plus" lives
- Communication, the process of sending information to oneself or another entity, usually via a language
- Gathering place, a phenomenal natural location crucial to culture and civilization
- Community Boards, a community-based mediation program, established in 1976, in San Francisco, California, USA
- Community garden, small plots of land allocated to groups of people by some organization for collective gardening
- WELL, (Whole Earth Lectronic Link or The WELL) - one of the oldest virtual communities still online.
- The Farm (Tennessee), a spiritual intentional community in Summertown, Tennessee, known informally as a hippie commune
- A-Welcome-To-All We Invite You, an activist ecovillage in Olympia, Washington
Other uses of the term "community"
These sources and references are being gleened from the articles listed above. If you know of any others, internal or external please add them.
Books and authors
Many of these books and authors are (or will soon be) covered in existing Wikipedia articles:
This is just a flat list
of authors who write about community
Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger, John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid, Pierre Rosanvallon, Jacques Fournier, Jacques Attali, Louis Wirth, William Foote Whyte, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, ...
Library of Congress:
Journals and publications
Organizations and projects