'It all boils down to respect doesn't it?': Enacting a sense of community in a deprived inner-city area

Patterson, Anne and Cromby, John and Brown, Steven D. and Gross, Harriet and Locke, Abigail (2011) 'It all boils down to respect doesn't it?': Enacting a sense of community in a deprived inner-city area. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 21 (2). pp. 342-357. ISSN 1052-9284

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Abstract

Audio recordings of meetings of two community groups in a deprived inner-city area were analysed,using discursive psychological and conversation analytic techniques to explore situated enactments of ‘community’. Participants situated themselves as members of a geographical community, of an ‘imagined’ community and of other constitutive communities. A sense of community was enacted through five interactional strategies: Affirming moral codes, ‘defending’ other members, distinguishing
insiders from outsiders, enacting empowerment and cchallenging institutions. Participants regularly employed emotional displays and affirmed moral positions, both to constitute ‘community’ and to take action in it. In so doing they worked up social capital and positioned ommunity concerns in ways more reflective of their own situated values than of criminal law or government policy.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:sense of community, Community, morality, interaction, discursive psychology, conversation analysis
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C880 Social Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:4434
Deposited By: Alison Wilson
Deposited On:20 Apr 2011 10:11
Last Modified:10 Jul 2013 15:54

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