Community When community comes to mind, it reminds me of my own residence of living which encompasses the people, the parks, the REC centers and so on. But if the deeper meaning of community is searched, it seems to be more specific than just theses things. For example, there are communities that separate themselves from the rest of society and are distinguished by certain characteristics of mannerisms. Some of these groups could be considered cults, certain ethnic groups, religious groups or even the "class" that one belongs to. A college could even be considered as a form of community from a certain aspect. These are the things that separate us as humans from each other.
An ethnic group is probably one of the easiest to distinguish from other community groups because of their derived mannerisms within that culture. One example is the Arabic community that lives in Dearborn. They all seem to migrate their because that's where their ethnic background mostly accumulates and they view that as living within their community setting with people of similar religious beliefs, morals, values, etc. It makes one feel comfortable in that society opposed to putting one family from a different ethnic background in the middle of a society filled with people they don't really know anything about or cultural background. A quote from Kai Erikson's " Collective Trauma: Loss of Communality" suggests that " a community of the sort we are talking about here derives from and depends on an almost perfect democracy of spirit, where people are not only assumed to be equal in status but virtually identical in temperament and outlook." To feel displaced as a human being in the society that one lives in takes away the joy and happiness that someone could experience if he or she could feel free in the way they choose to live. Another example is religion.
Religion in itself is considered a community simply because of the fact that people congregate together with a certain belief system and they practice or show that belief through religion. Each religious group has activities, picnics, bake sales, etc. , and do these things to either draw others into their community or to simply enjoy themselves in an area where they feel comfortable being with others of similar feelings or thoughts. Either way, some people feel a need to be involved with a religious community group in the same way that others like to be involved in a gambling group.
It's the way that it makes people feel and how they can express themselves or feel comfortable within that community setting. There are other communities that are also easy to distinguish from each other and that is the upper, middle, and lower classes. The community settings for these people can be very diverse when it comes to material settings or belongings, but the sense of community is still similar to others. It is stated well in Daniel Kemmis's " How Hardship and Limits Build Community that " a people must be bound together in ways that enable them to work together." That's what happens in communities no matter what the "class" may be. In the end, when we think of community it becomes us, our belonging to society. From "Collective Trauma: Loss of Communality," Kai Erikson quotes: The difficulty is that when you invest so much of yourself in that kind of social arrangement you become absorbed by it, almost captive to it, and the larger collectivity around you becomes an Extension of your own flesh.
This means that not only are you diminished as a person when that surrounding tissue is stripped away, but that you are no longer able to reclaim as your own the emotion resources you invested in it. In this sense, community is very important to establish our needs as humans and to have that feeling of being apart of a group, a community that you can rely on to fulfill those needs.