We need to talk about community

Phillips, R and Fairbrother, P 2012, 'We need to talk about community', in Cheshire, Lynda (ed.) The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association 2012: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities, Brisbane, Australia, 29-29 November 2012.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title We need to talk about community
Author(s) Phillips, R
Fairbrother, P
Year 2012
Conference name TASA 2012 Conference Proceedings
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 29-29 November 2012
Proceedings title The Annual Conference of The Australian Sociological Association 2012: Emerging and Enduring Inequalities
Editor(s) Cheshire, Lynda
Publisher The Australian Sociological Association
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Abstract For fire agencies and governments the idea of 'community' is an important feature of bushfire preparedness. While there has been a frequent use of the term 'community' in relation to bushfire in Australia, there have been few attempts to discuss the meaning of the concept. Usually 'community' is broadly understood in relation to geographic, interest and identity. Social scientific conceptualisations of 'community' are problematic because they are often underpinned by assumptions that mean weakened accounts of the social are produced. To address this aspect, a different way of approaching 'community' is suggested based on an assumption of inherent communality. Within this context, governments and agencies frame problems in ways that may perpetuate and create inequalities. The role of governments and agencies in building 'community' is thus questioned. It is suggested that it may be more productive to begin with the premise of 'community' as 'who' we are rather than 'what' we are.
Subjects Environmental Sociology
Keyword(s) Community
bushfires
fire agencies
government
state
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