What is this thing called community? A communication perspective

McKenna, B. (2005). What is this thing called community? A communication perspective. In: Dave Gardiner and Katie Scott, Proceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities. International Conference on Engaging Communities, Brisbane, QLD, Austalia, (1-14). 14-17 August, 2005.

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Author McKenna, B.
Title of paper What is this thing called community? A communication perspective
Conference name International Conference on Engaging Communities
Conference location Brisbane, QLD, Austalia
Conference dates 14-17 August, 2005
Proceedings title Proceedings of International Conference on Engaging Communities
Place of Publication Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Publisher Queensland Department of Main Roads
Publication Year 2005
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 1920719032
Editor Dave Gardiner
Katie Scott
Start page 1
End page 14
Total pages 14
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Large Australian mining companies seem to incorporating the development principles and practice adopted by the International Council of Mines and Metals to ‘contribute to the social, economic and institutional development of the communities in which [they] operate’ and by the Australian Minerals Industry Code of Environmental Management. Yet, apart from two studies of limited scope undertaken for the Australian component of the MMSD project (Cheney et al, 2002; URS Consulting, 2002), the issues surrounding the concept of community have not yet attracted much research attention.

The joint ARC research project of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining and the UQ Business School has provided an opportunity to consider the notion of community theoretically and empirically. Under closer scrutiny, “community” seems to operate well as warm and nostalgic notion (Burkett 2001). However, our research finds some problems with this comfortable notion. For example, empirical research so far suggests that communities of interest is more appropriate. Implicated in this notion are relations of power (Whiteman and Mamen 2002) and social identity (Abrams and Hogg 1990; van Dick 2001).

This paper uses empirical and theoretical perspectives to devise appropriate communication responses in the light of a fuller concept of community.
Subjects EX
370104 Urban Sociology and Community Studies
759900 Other Social Development and Community Services
Q-Index Code E2
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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