Dynamics of Community Formation

Developing Identity and Notions of Home

  • Robert W. Compton, Jr.
  • Ho Hon Leung
  • Yaser Robles

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Home and Community Building

  3. Preservation, Reconstruction, and Development

  4. Collaboration, Belonging, and National Identity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Kathleen O’Mara
      Pages 161-186
    3. Robert W. Compton Jr.
      Pages 187-210
    4. Nataliia Kasianenko, Robert Ostergard Jr.
      Pages 211-233
  5. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Raymond Lau, Mariela Bellido, Alexandra Reichert, Ellen Y. C. Leung
      Pages 237-248
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-253

About this book


This interdisciplinary work discusses the construction, maintenance, evolution, and destruction of home and community spaces, which are central to the development of social cohesion. By examining how people throughout the world form different communities to establish a sense of home, the volume surveys the formation of identity within the context of rapid development, global and domestic neoliberal and political governmental policies, and various societal pressures. The themes of cooperation, conflict, inclusion, exclusion, and balance require negotiation between different actors (e.g., the state, professional developers, social activists, and residents) as homes and communities develop. 


Home Social Structure Interpersonal Relationships Identity Social Inequality Social Structure community spaces social cohesion concepts of home rapid development neoliberalism societal pressures Social inclusion social cooperation neoliberal government policies community development political neoliberalism identity formation community destruction social exclusion

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Compton, Jr.
    • 1
  • Ho Hon Leung
    • 2
  • Yaser Robles
    • 3
  1. 1.College at OneontaThe State University of New YorkOneontaUSA
  2. 2.College at OneontaThe State University of New YorkOneontaUSA
  3. 3.Choate Rosemary HallWallingfordUSA

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