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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.
|1||Community as an idea: loss and recovery||7|
|2||Community and society: myths of modernity||28|
|3||Urban community: locality and belonging||50|
|4||Political community: communitarianism and citizenship||72|
|5||Community and difference: varieties of multiculturalism||92|
|6||Communities of dissent: the idea of communication communities||111|
|7||Postmodern community: community beyond unity||131|
|8||Cosmopolitan community: between the local and the global||149|
|9||Virtual community; belonging as communication||167|
|Conclusion: Theorizing community today||186|
Posted May 23, 2004
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 thanksWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.