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Comparative Methods of Community Analysis

The study of communities has a rich history in the social sciences, in history, and in such diverse fields as geography, architecture and planning, and even art. Each approaches community from a unique perspective that highlights different aspects of the experience, the life, and the heritage of communities: from the "eye" of the architect envisioning the urban form and its evolution: to the historian's analysis of documents, photographs, and life histories of communities; to the planner's use of geographic information systems, the sociologist's analysis of the formation and social characteristics of communities, and the anthropologist's ethnographies of cultures and groups. All are useful tools for students of community processes as well as students focusing on communities for the purpose

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