Community / Edition 1

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"The increasing individualism of modern society has been accompanied by an enduring nostalgia for the idea of community as a source of security and belonging in an increasingly insecure world and, in recent years, as an alternative to the state as a basis for politics. Far from disappearing, community has been revived by globalization and by individualism." Gerard Delanty begins this introduction to the concept with an analysis of the origins of the idea of community in western utopian thought, and as an imagined pristine condition equated with traditional societies in classical sociology and anthropology. He goes on to chart the resurgence of the idea within communitarian thought and postmodern theory, the complications and critiques of multiculturalism, and new manifestations of community within a society where changing 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, lifestyles and gender.
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'Delanty displays a wide knowledge of the literature and a lively and innovative style of theorising which makes the book more original ... I have found Delanty's book to be a model of clarity and synthesis. I hope that this book reaches the wide readership it deserves, not just amongst students but also amongst those in politics and the media who help to mould the contemporary zeitgeist.' - Ray Pahl, Urban Studies

'An excellent read for all social work educators and social work students, especially those involved in policy practice and community level practice.' - Victor Manalo, The Social Policy Journal

'George Delanty, Professor of Sociology at the University of Liverpool, provides not only a concise and well-written review of the major issues and debates in the social science literature regarding the conceptualization of the communitybut builds upon these debates for theorizing community today.'- Victor Manalo, The Social Policy Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415236850
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Key Ideas Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
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
Notes 196
References 202
Index 219
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    From dis. 10. Rest is at half res 6 i think...

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