Careless Society: Community and Its Counterfeits

Paperback (Print)
Rent
Rent from BN.com
$8.37
(Save 64%)
Est. Return Date: 09/08/2014
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$16.04
(Save 30%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 91%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (36) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $12.60   
  • Used (26) from $1.99   

Overview

Amid all the hand-wringing about the loss of community in America these days, here is a book that celebrates the ability of neighborhoods to heal themselves from within. John McKnight shows how competent communities have been invaded and colonized by professionalized services—often with devastating results. Overwhelmed by these social services, the spirit of community falters: families collapse, schools fail, violence spreads, and medical systems spiral out of control. Instead of more or better services, the basis for resolving many of America’s social problems is the community capacity of the local citizens.

Read More Show Less

What People Are Saying

Jean Bethke Elshtain
"A wise, compelling work."
Robert Woodson
"Goes far deeper than the traditional conventional discussions of welfare reform and identifies the heart of failure of the current system. . . . A watershed analysis."
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465091263
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 4/2/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 682,716
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.34 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author

John McKnight is the coauthor of a guide for community development entitled Community Building from the Inside Out. He is the director of the Community Studies Program at the Center for Urban Affairs and Policy Research at Northwestern University, where he also teaches. He lives in Evanston, Illinois.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction
Professionalism
John Deere and the Bereavement Counselor 3
The Professional Problem 16
The Need for Oldness 26
Professionalized Service and Disabling Help 36
Medicine
The Medicalization of Politics 55
Well-Being: The New Threshold to the Old Medicine 63
Diagnosis and the Health of Community 70
Politicizing Health Care 80
Human Service Systems
A Nation of Clients? 91
Do No Harm 101
Redefining Community 115
A Reconsideration of the Crisis of the Welfare State 124
The Criminal Justice System
Thinking About Crime, Sacrifice, and Community 135
Rethinking Our National Incarceration Policy 145
On Community
Community Organizing in the Eighties: Toward a Post-Alinsky Agenda 153
Regenerating Community 161
Christian Service
On the Backwardness of Prophets 175
Notes 181
Acknowledgments 185
Index 187
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)