Relevant Community Theory
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The concept of museums connecting with their communities is informed by several community-focused theories. Peter Block notes that community happens more easily in small groups: The small group gains power with certain kinds of conversations. The idea of "the other" means that someone focuses on what the other person needs to do or change. The idea of "the other" separates people, and it is harder to make connections. Invitation counters the conventional belief that change requires mandate or persuasion. Robert Putnam in Bowling Alone and Better Together describes social capital, the idea that social networks have value. Highlighting the importance of building trust and deepening relationships is in turn highlighting social capital – increasing one's connections by doing things together. Putnam's idea of "haves" and "have-nots" is relevant to the idea of privilege – that advantages, such as access to higher education or housing, are available only to certain groups of people.