DVM 2110 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Socioeconomic Status, Civil Society

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3 common characteristics of community from a sociological perspective: location / geographical proximity, common ties, social interactions. In general, reference to _____________ has been central to the definition and description of community. Functions of a community include: people bound together through commonality, place to identify with. Differences in: culture, political and religious beliefs, socioeconomic status, physical differences, physical conditions and disabilities, access to information. A community consists of people living together in some form of social organization and cohesion. Its members share in varying degrees, political, economic, social and cultural characteristics, as well as interests and aspirations, including health. Communities vary widely in size and socio-economic profile, ranging from clusters of isolated homesteads to more organized villages, towns and city districts. (helander, 1993) Community development is a process designed to create conditions of economic and social progress for the whole community with its active participation and fullest possible reliance upon the community"s initiative (united nations, 1948).

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