Psychological sense of community: Theory, research and application
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology
The idea that we belong to communities and that these communities provide benefits and responsibilities is one that has gained a growing appreciation in the last decade. As a reaction to the urbanization faced by many people, globalization, cross-national forms of media and their impact on cultures, physical and social isolation from family and friends, and a growing fear of change and the unknown, images of community, belonging and support have become paramount. However, what is actually meant by community, how a community functions, and what are the benefits and costs of community membership has not necessarily been well explored.