Sociology | The Community
S309 | 10261 | E. Perry


Life happens in communities.

If we have not found community in our lives, then you can be sure we
are looking for it.

In this course, our goal is to better understand the structure and
dynamics of communities.  Today, we experience various forms and
flavors of community in all kinds of different ways.  It's not
surprising, then, that the concept of community continues to attract
the attention of sociologists.

We are going to explore the sociology of community life from the
commune to the ghetto.  We'll attempt to address some of the BIG,
EXCITING community questions through the misery and harmony of the
city and urban life.

	Why are people attached to community?
	How and why do communities change?
	What does an ideal community look like?
	What makes neighborhoods work?
	What brings communities into conflict?
	***We'll get local with this one:  Do those in favor of I-69
have a different vision of the Bloomington community than those who
are opposed?
	How does community help us better understand the dynamics of
urban poverty and inequality?
	What is really going on in "the streets?"  What is the
connection between communities and crime?
	Why are folks residentially segregated, suburbanized and
gentrified?
	How are processes of globalization and cultural
homogenization restructuring contemporary communities?
	Is modern technology supporting the development of virtual
communities- communities not attached to a particular place?
	Is community disappearing (as some scholars suggest) or
changing form?
	What happens when individual rights and community needs are
in conflict?

You are already a community expert.  I invite you to share your
expertise.

Idealists, pessimists, romantics and realists are all welcome!