Sociology | The Community
S309 | 11898 | Perry


Life happens in communities.
In this course, our goal is to better understand the structure and
dynamics of communities.   Where we live and who we interact with
have profound influence on our lives.  Today, we experience various
forms and flavors of community in all kinds of different ways.  Its
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
Amish farmstead to the urban ghetto.  Well attempt to address some
of the BIG, EXCITING questions about the sociology of community life
through the minds of social theorists, in-depth examinations of a
flooded coal-mining town and post-hurricane New Orleans, studies of
the misery and harmony of city life, and projects with Bloomington
community organizations.

X	Why are people attached to community?
X	How and why do communities change?
X	What does an ideal community look like?
X	What makes neighborhoods work?  What brings communities into
conflict?  What makes them fall apart?
X	How does community help us better understand the dynamics of
urban poverty and inequality?
X	What is really going on in the streets?  What is the
connection between communities and crime?
X	Why are folks suburbanized, gentrified and segregated by race?
X	Is modern technology supporting the development of virtual
communities V communities not attached to a particular place?
X	Is community disappearing (as some scholars suggest) or
changing form?
X	What happens when individual rights and community needs are
in conflict?

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

Idealists, pessimists, romantics and realists are all welcome!