Psychological Sense of Community

Research, Applications, and Implications

  • Adrian T. Fisher
  • Christopher C. Sonn
  • Brian J. Bishop

Part of the The Plenum Series in Social/Clinical Psychology book series (SSSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kimberly D. Bess, Adrian T. Fisher, Christopher C. Sonn, Brian J. Bishop
      Pages 3-22
  3. Locational Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Sandra T. Sigmon, Stacy R. Whitcomb, C. R. Snyder
      Pages 25-41
    3. Jean Hillier
      Pages 43-67
    4. Joseph Hughey, Paul W. Speer
      Pages 69-84
  4. Specific Settings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Tomi Redman, Adrian T. Fisher
      Pages 87-108
    3. Joseph R. Ferrari, Leonard A. Jason, Bradley D. Olson, Margaret I. Davis, Josefina Alvarez
      Pages 109-122
    4. Beverly B. Mahan, Wendy M. Garrard, Susan E. Lewis, John R. Newbrough
      Pages 123-140
    5. Ron Miers, Adrian T Fisher
      Pages 141-160
    6. Helen Vrailas Bateman
      Pages 161-179
  5. Specific Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
    2. Christopher C. Sonn
      Pages 205-222
    3. Lynne D. Roberts, Leigh M. Smith, Clare Pollock
      Pages 223-245
    4. Pat Dudgeon, John Mallard, Darlene Oxenham, John Fielder
      Pages 247-267
  6. Methodological and Theoretical Developments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 269-269
    2. Brian J. Bishop, Sheridan J. Coakes, Pamela N. D’Rozario
      Pages 271-290
    3. Douglas D. Perkins, D. Adam Long
      Pages 291-318
    4. Anne E. Brodsky, Colleen Loomis, Christine M. Marx
      Pages 319-336
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 337-339

About this book


In this book, the authors have explored a series of different types of communities - moving from the basic idea of those based at a specific location all the way to virtual communities of the internet. The ways in which the communities operate, positively and negatively, what people get out of them and what they have to put into them, and the notion of being members of more than one community at the one time are considered.

Sense of community is a topic that captures the attention of people from all types of backgrounds. So, contributors from fields such as community psychology, clinical areas, community development, and urban planning have added their insights and knowledge. A key feature of this book is the research focus that emphasizes the theory-driven analyses and the diversity of contexts in which sense of community is applied. This book will make a significant contribution to our understanding of life in communities and to people's sense of community. It will be of great interest to those concerned with understanding various forms of community and how communities can be mobilized to achieve wellbeing.


Community Psychology Design Emotion Internet attention environment knowledge psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Adrian T. Fisher
    • 1
  • Christopher C. Sonn
    • 2
  • Brian J. Bishop
    • 3
  1. 1.Victoria UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Edith Cowan UniversityPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Curtin UniversityPerthAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers, New York 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5209-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0719-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1568-2528
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