Community / Edition 2

Community / Edition 2

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by Gerard Delanty, Delanty Gerard
     
 

ISBN-10: 041523686X

ISBN-13: 9780415236867

Pub. Date: 03/28/2003

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The increasing individualism of modern Western society has been accompanied by an enduring nostalgia for the idea of community as a source of security and belonging and, in recent years, as an alternative to the state as a basis for politics.

Gerard Delanty begins this stimulating introduction to the concept with an analysis of the origins of the idea of

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The increasing individualism of modern Western society has been accompanied by an enduring nostalgia for the idea of community as a source of security and belonging and, in recent years, as an alternative to the state as a basis for politics.

Gerard Delanty begins this stimulating introduction to the concept with an analysis of the origins of the idea of community in Western Utopian thought, and as an imagined primitive state equated with traditional societies in classical sociology and anthropology. He goes on to chart the resurgence of the idea within communitarian thought, the complications and critiques of multiculturalism, and its new manifestations within a society where new modes of communication produce both fragmentation and the possibilities of new social bonds. Contemporary community, he argues, is essentially a communication community based on new kinds of belonging. No longer bounded by place, we are able to belong to multiple communities based on religion, nationalism, ethnicity, life-styles and gender.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415236867
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2003
Series:
Key Ideas Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. Community as an Idea: Loss and recovery 2. Community and Society: Myths of modernity 3. Communitarianism and Citizenship: The decline of the social 4. Multiculturalism and Community in Divided Societies: How divisive is culture? 5. Communities of Dissent: The idea of communication communities 6. Postmodern Community: Community beyond unity 7. Urban Community: Between demoralisation and regeneration 8. Cosmopolitan Communities: Between the local and the global

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3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
not bad, the first six chapters read like a who's who of community theories and perhaps a little verbose. Delanty refers to too many previous authors, touching on their theories discarding what does not fit with his train of thought. The idea of communicative communities disreagrds much classical sociological theory and frankly this book just doesn't quite hit the mark. Too rushed in the literature review which is the first 6 chapters and then too weak in the last three, Community? No thanks