Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated

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We are constantly being told that we are losing a 'sense of community'. This book shows that the notion of community is actually under threat from the very thing intended to protect it: relentless government intervention.
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'The Future of Community is a much need challenge to the complacent and flabby orthodoxies currently dominating the debate. It asks all the right questions. ... Suggesting compelling answers, this book will lift the communities debate to another level.'— Julian Baggini, philosopher and author of 'Welcome to Everytown: A Jourbaney into the English Mind'
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745328171
  • Publisher: Pluto Press
  • Publication date: 10/20/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Introduction: Who Needs Community Anyway? Austin Williams 1

Part I In Search of Community

1 Faking Civil Society Dave Clements 13

2 A Green Unpleasant Land Alastair Donald 24

3 Public Space: Designing-in Community Richard Williams 40

Part II Constructing Communities

4 New New Urbanism Austin Williams 53

5 Density Versus Sprawl Karl Sharro 67

6 Salvation by Brick? The Life and Death of British Communities Penny Lewis 80

Part III Communities in Flux

7 Strictly Personal: The Working Class Confined to Community Andrew Calcutt 93

8 Virtual Communities Versus Political Realities Martyn Perks 104

9 Minorities, Multiculturalism and the Metropolitan Experience Neil Davenport 116

10 From Little Italy to Big America Elisabetta Gasparoni-Abraham 129

11 Rio on Galway: Immigration and Ireland Suzy Dean 137

Part IV Undermining Communities

12 Communities on the Couch Martin Earnshaw 147

13 Youthful Misbehaviour or Adult Traumas? Stuart Waiton 160

14 Parish Pump Politics Dave Clements 170

Conclusion: A Death Greatly Exaggerated Alastair Donald 181

Contributors 191

Index 194

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