ERIC Number: EJ957579
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
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Locating the Community Field: A Study of Interorganizational Network Structure and Capacity for Community Action
Sharp, Jeff S.
Rural Sociology, v66 n3 p403-424 Sep 2001
I examine the concept of the community field to identify the structures, elements, and processes that generate improved capacity for community action. I conduct analysis of interlocking leadership among local organizations and recent community action in three Midwestern communities to determine the structure and attributes of the community field. I use findings from community power research to anticipate and guide interpretation of the different network structures found in each community. A community field is identified in the communities with pyramidal and coalitional structures. Inclusive, coordinating networks, institutions with stockpiled resources, and the existence of local planning processes are some of the community field-like structures and processes I identify. The findings have implications for future rural community research and practice, including support for increased use of network analysis as a diagnostic tool for community development.
Descriptors: Community Development, Network Analysis, Community Action, Community Influence, Capacity Building, Leadership, Organizational Effectiveness, Community Organizations, Community Coordination, Rural Development, Rural Areas, Rural Sociology, Sociometric Techniques, Social Networks
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