chapter  7
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Community and commitment: is it family writ large?

The relationship between community and family is often misleading. Some view the community as an extension of the family, or an en­ larged kinship unit. Traditionally, leaders of organizations dependent upon ideological support from participants (e.g. churches and schools) have found the family analogy useful. There is an emotional tone of warmth and security in the family image that is transferred to the wider association. It seems to be almost a ‘natural’ extension of loyalty to move from family to community; in some instances, it is a ‘hierarchy’ of identifications.