I was talking to someone about community and in collecting my thoughts around this subject I find it is one of those concepts for which we all have a sense of what it means, but it still defies definition.
Here is what Wikipedia says;
“In biological terms, a community is a group of interacting organisms sharing a populated environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.
In sociology, the concept of community has led to significant debate, and sociologists are yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term. There were ninety-four discrete definitions of the term by the mid-1950s. Traditionally a "community" has been defined as a group of interacting people living in a common location.”
Some social scientists find this a bit distressing, but to me this is the