Community and Social Change in America / Edition 1

Community and Social Change in America / Edition 1

by Thomas Bender
ISBN-10:
0801829240
ISBN-13:
2900801829245
Pub. Date:
09/19/1982
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
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Community and Social Change in America / Edition 1

Did urbanization kill "community" in the nineteenth century, or even earlier? Many historians and social scientists proclaim that it did, but Thomas Bender says no. In this highly regarded volume, now in paperback exclusively from Johns Hopkins, Bender argues not only that community survived the trials of industrialization and urbanization but that it remains a fundamental element of American society today.

Taking a historical perspective on the question, Bender explores the changing structure and meaning of community in America and its persistence in the networks of shared experiences, concerns, and understandings. He defines community as based upon human experience rather than upon locality, and evaluates the usefulness of conventional social theory in interpreting that experience through history. The book's conclusions challenge the advocates of "community-collapse" scenarios, maintaining that, despite dramatic social change, both the capacity and the need for community endure.

Community and Social Change in America bridges the gap between historical scholarship and social theory to yield a more realistic portrayal of community in America's past and its importance today and in the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900801829245
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/19/1982
Series: Sanford-Erpf Lecture Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordix
Prefacexi
Abbreviationsxiii
Chapter 1Introduction: The Meanings of Community3
Chapter 2Social Theory and the Problem of Community15
Chapter 3Community in American History45
Community in American Historiography45
Locality as Community, 1630-187061
Community and the Bifurcation of Society, 1850-1900108
Chapter 4Social Networks and the Experience of Community121
Chapter 5Epilog: History and Community Today143
Index151

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