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Cohesion and Complexity: The State, Community and Communities

Fairbrother, P, Mees, B ORCID: 0000-0001-5710-2540, Phillips, R and Tyler, M 2018 , 'Cohesion and Complexity: The State, Community and Communities', in P Fairbrother and M Tyler (eds.), Wildfire and Power: Policy and Practice , Routledge, New York, pp. 33-54.

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As discussed in the previous chapter, understandings of ‘community’vary. Usually academic discussions on community highlight the contestednature of defining the concept. Commentators often then proceedwith a description of community in terms of three aspects: place, interestand identity. However, the contested nature of community has beenquestioned. To illustrate, Taksa (2000) argues that there is a commonalityin debates concerning the loss of community in that many arguethat ‘community’s recovery’ should be based on unity and harmony. Intaking a more critical view about community, the argument is that thisview obscures the differences and divisions that often mark communitiesand so perpetuates social inequalities.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Fairbrother, P and Mees, B and Phillips, R and Tyler, M
Keywords: wildfire, communication, preparedness, community
Publisher: Routledge
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