Socio-Psychological Concept Of Community

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LITERATURE In this chapter, a socio-psychological perspective of the concept of community is introduced. Community is discussed and defined, as it relates to the process of integration, using various social science literature and case studies. The focus is on the most influential and community-centred studies of sociologist Graham Day (2006) and social psychologists David McMillan and David Chavis (1986). In their investigations, they identify the components involved in creating a strong sense of community. Also, the context of introversion will be explored because personality plays a role in people’s feelings of connectedness with others. Susan Cain addresses the area of introversion and the studies and theories behind it in her book entitled Quiet (Cain 2013). Moreover, I explore group dynamics and the Caribbean distinctive to help identify some of the hurdles and opportunities faced when developing a strategy for welcoming newcomers into NPWC. The objective of this section is to investigate how to create an environment in which newcomers can gain a sense of belonging and connectedness to form a strong sense of community. Defining Community The term community can refer to the spatial, geographical, or physical spacing between cities, neighborhoods, or people. Community is a socially constructed concept derived from the developments of classical theorists like Max Weber, Auguste Comte, Karl Marx, and Emile Durkheim. Their analyses of the social condition of people and the

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