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Outline of community

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Outline of community

The following outline is provided as an overview of topics relating to community.

A community is a group of people whose identity as a group lies in their interaction and sharing. Many factors may affect the identity of the participants and their degree of adhesion, such as intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs and risks.


  • Types of communities 1
    • Geographic and physical communities 1.1
      • Global community 1.1.1
    • Ideational or abstract communities 1.2
    • Associative communities 1.3
      • Cooperatives 1.3.1
    • Other 1.4
  • Actual communities 2
    • Online communities 2.1
  • Community concepts, movements and schools of thought 3
    • Academic subjects 3.1
    • Community development 3.2
    • Virtual community concepts 3.3
    • Other community topics 3.4
  • Community institutions 4
  • Lists 5
  • See also 6
  • Resources 7
  • External links 8

Types of communities

Geographic and physical communities

Human geography – who people are and where they live

Global community

  • World community – global aspects of community from the perspective of governance and the humanities
  • International community – global aspects of community from the perspective of governance and the humanities
  • Global village – global aspects of community from the perspective of telecommunications

Ideational or abstract communities

  • Business community – total body of business people its relationships and interactions
  • Religious community – total body of religious people its relationships and interactions
  • Scientific community – total body of scientists, its relationships and interactions
  • Epistemic community – those who accept one version of a story
  • Discourse Community – users of a particular style of language
  • Moral community – group of people drawn together by a common interest in living according to a particular moral philosophy
  • Voluntary association – group of individuals who voluntarily enter into an agreement to accomplish a purpose
  • Cooperative – group of persons who join together (co-operate) to carry on an economic activity of mutual benefit

Associative communities

Community of...

  • cause or bring about social change
  • Circumstance – group of people bound together because of circumstances usually beyond their control
  • Interest – group of people who share a common interest or passion
  • Place – group of people bound together because of where they spend a continuous portion of their time
  • Position – group of people who share a particular station in life (such as teenage years, marriage, parenthood, etc.)
  • Practice – group of people who choose to collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations.
  • Purpose – group of people who are going through the same process or are trying to achieve a similar objective

see Group (sociology)



Actual communities

Lists of communities, co-ops, etc.:

Lists of virtual communities:

The world community:

Note to dialup users: the following lists are massive

Online communities

Community concepts, movements and schools of thought

Academic subjects

Community development

Community development – efforts to improve communities:

  • Community organizing – process by which people are brought together to act in common self-interest
  • Community building – the more informal (or intangible) aspects of community development; the establishment, broadening and deepening of links between community members
  • Community economic development – efforts to improve the material aspects of local communities
  • Community development planning – Public participatory and usually interactive town or neighborhood planning and design
  • Community practice – type of social work practice that focuses on community level interventions
  • Community service – service (voluntary or compulsory) that a person performs for the benefit of his or her local community

Virtual community concepts

Virtual community Virtual community – group of people communicating with each other by means of information technologies:

See also Category:Virtual reality communities

Other community topics

Community institutions


See also

Other uses of the term "community"


See: List of community topics: Resources

External links

  • Encyclopedia of Informal Education

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