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A community of interest gathers at Stonehenge, England, for the summer solstice.

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A community is a social unit of any size that shares common values or that is situated in a given geographical area (e.g. a village or town). Although embodied or face-to-face communities are usually small, larger or more extended communities such as a national community, international community and virtual community are also studied. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.the main realistic meaning of a community is a group of people who connect well together socially, mentally or sometimes economically

Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community has less geographical limitation, people can now gather virtually in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location. Prior to the Internet, virtual communities (like social or academic organizations) were far more limited by the constraints of available communication and transportation technologies.

The word "community" is derived from the Old French comuneté which is derived from the Latin communitas (from Latin communis, things held in common), a broad term for fellowship or organized society.<ref>"community" Oxford Dictionaries. May 2014. Oxford Dictionaries</ref> Raymond Willams traces these roots of the word and gives an account of its cultural usage and development, "community" now distinct from modern day '"organized society".<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref> One broad definition which incorporates all the different forms of community is "a group or network of persons who are vin connected (objectively) to each other by relatively durable social relations that extend beyond immediate genealogical ties, and who mutually define that relationship (subjectively) as important to their social identity and social practice."<ref>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }} See also {{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=book }}</ref>


Community sections
Intro  Perspectives from various disciplines  Interdisciplinary perspectives  Community development  Types of community  Special nature of human community  See also  Notes  References  

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