The Quest for Community, published in 1953, stands as one of the most persuasive accounts of the dilemmas confronting modern society.
Nearly a half century before Robert Purnam's Bowling Alone documented the atomization of society, sociologist Robert Nisbet argued that the rise of the powerful modern state had eroded the sources of community-the family, the neighborhood, the church, the civic association. Alienation and loneliness inevitably resulted. But as the traditional ties that bind fell away, the human impulse toward community led people to turn even more to the government itself, allowing statism-even totalitarianism - to flourish.
ISI Books is proud to present this new edition of Nisbet's magnum opus, featuring a brilliant introduction by New York Times columnist Rose Douthat and three critical essays. With our communal life growing ever weaker and with many Americans displaying cultish enthusiasm for a charismatic president, The Quest for Community is as relevant today as ever.
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About the Author
Robert Nisbet (1913–1996) was a professor at Columbia University and the author of The Sociological Tradition, The Social Bond, The Present Age, and other books.
Table of Contents
Introduction to the Background Edition Ross Douthat vii
Preface to the First Edition xvii
Preface to the 1970 edition xxi
Part 1 Community and the Problem of Order
1 The Loss of Community 1
2 The Image of Community 19
3 The Problem of Community 39
Part 2 The State and Community
4 History as the Decline of Community 69
5 The State as Revolution 91
6 Sovereignty and Association 113
7 The Political Community 141
8 The Total Community 173
Part 3 Community and the Problem of Freedom
9 The Problem of Liberalism 195
10 The Contexts of Individuality 207
11 The Contexts of Democracy 229
The State and Fading Community John Carroll 263
Modernity's New World Dangers David Bosworth 273
The Enduring Achievement and Unfinished Work of Robert Nisbet Jeanne Heffernan Schindler 289
References and Notes 305