Understanding communities is important to social workers because things that we focus on changing on a day to day basis changes the community in some way, shape, form or fashion. Social is based on dedication to the community as a whole whether locally, statewide, state to state, internationally or universally. I read something important about communities in Netting, it stated that “Communities are the arena in which macro practice takes place, but they are so diverse that no one definition or theory seems able to capture their total essence.” With that being said, here are a few definitions that I found during my research from asking a friend, family members, a dictionaries, the University of Kansas school website, and a random freelancer. In summary, my friend and family members said that a community is “”. Based on Merriam- Webster, “A Community is “an interacting population of various kinds of individuals in a common location; a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.; a body of persons or nations having a common history or common social, economic, and political interests.” (Merriam-Webster). KU Community Tool Box (2013) defines a community as:
While we traditionally think of a community as the people in a given geographical location, the word can really refer to any group sharing something in common. This may refer to smaller geographic areas -- a neighborhood, a housing project or development, a rural area -- or to a number of other possible communities within a larger, geographically-defined community. These are often defined by race or ethnicity, professional or economic ties, religion, culture, or shared background or interest. ()
The last definition that I want to express is from a UK freelancer. James Edwards stated that he believed a community was “nothing but mutual respect” and that “community is a state of mind; a sense of belonging that springs from feeling other people accept you despite, not because, of who you are.” The reason that I chose these different variety of definitions is to show that there are many different definitions out there but at the same time they are all based on similar concepts.
When I did my community immersion tour, If focused on wealth versus poverty. I see wealth as success, great fortune, and plenty of valuable assets. Wealth can be a good thing but at the same time it can have negative aspects such as greed and jealous. Then on the opposite end of the spectrum, there is poverty. Poverty is the less fortunate and poor. I think that poverty is a choice at a certain point in individual’s life and can also be based on certain decisions that you make throughout life. Something that I find thought-provoking about wealth versus poverty is that wealth can be passed on but bad decisions can easily flip the script to poverty; moreover, growing up in poverty can encourages wealth through good decisions. With all the available resources and benefits in the world today, I...