The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom

The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom

by Robert Nisbet

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The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom by Robert Nisbet

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935191506
Publisher: ISI Books
Publication date: 09/14/2010
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 330
Sales rank: 472,850
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

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

Conclusion 259

Critical Essays

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

Index 321

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