Community of circumstance

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A community of circumstance is similar to a community of practice, except that it is driven by position, circumstance or life experiences rather than a shared interest.[1] Examples might include cancer sufferers using a support newsgroup or the members of gay/lesbian newsgroups. A prison or other correctional facility can be thought of as a community of circumstance; passengers of the same plane form a temporary community of circumstance as well.

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  1. ^ Marsh G. The community of circumstance—a tale of three cities: community participation in St Kilda, Knox, and Lewisham. In: Chekki DA, ed. Research in community sociology. Vol 9. Varieties of community sociology. Greenwich, CT: Jai Press, 1999, pp. 65–88.

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