Family and community are human organisms that are the bedrock of any society. They provide the sustenance, values, direction, and protection that make it possible for individuals who live in a defined location to prosper and thrive singularly and collectively. Community is the social structure that mediates between the individual resident and the state and private elites, guiding social transactions between these different worlds to advance and protect the interests and needs of individuals and groups within neighborhoods or local communities.
"Essay on Community,"
New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 20
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol20/iss1/5