Outline of community

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The following outline is provided as an overview of topics relating to community.

A community is a group of people whose identity as a group lies in their interaction and sharing. Many factors may affect the identity of the participants and their degree of adhesion, such as intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs and risks.

Types of communities[edit]

Geographic and physical communities[edit]

Human geography – who people are and where they live

Global community[edit]

  • World community – global aspects of community from the perspective of governance and the humanities
  • International community – global aspects of community from the perspective of governance and the humanities
  • Global village – global aspects of community from the perspective of telecommunications

Ideational or abstract communities[edit]

  • Business community – total body of business people its relationships and interactions
  • Religious community – total body of religious people its relationships and interactions
  • Scientific community – total body of scientists, its relationships and interactions
  • Epistemic community – those who accept one version of a story
  • Discourse Community – users of a particular style of language
  • Moral community – group of people drawn together by a common interest in living according to a particular moral philosophy
  • Voluntary association – group of individuals who voluntarily enter into an agreement to accomplish a purpose
  • Cooperative – group of persons who join together (co-operate) to carry on an economic activity of mutual benefit

Associative communities[edit]

Community of...

  • Action – group of people organized to support a cause or bring about social change
  • Circumstance – group of people bound together because of circumstances usually beyond their control
  • Interest – group of people who share a common interest or passion
  • Place – group of people bound together because of where they spend a continuous portion of their time
  • Position – group of people who share a particular station in life (such as teenage years, marriage, parenthood, etc.)
  • Practice – group of people who choose to collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations.
  • Purpose – group of people who are going through the same process or are trying to achieve a similar objective

see Group (sociology)



Actual communities[edit]

Lists of communities, co-ops, etc.:

Lists of virtual communities:

The world community:

Note to dialup users: the following lists are massive

Online communities[edit]

Community concepts, movements and schools of thought[edit]

Academic subjects[edit]

Community development[edit]

Community development – efforts to improve communities:

Virtual community concepts[edit]

Virtual community Virtual community – group of people communicating with each other by means of information technologies:

See also Category:Virtual reality communities

Other community topics[edit]

Community institutions[edit]


See also[edit]

Other uses of the term "community"


See: List of community topics: Resources

External links[edit]