Description - Community by Gerard Delanty
The increasing individualism of modern Western society has been accompanied by an enduring nostalgia for the idea of community as a source of security and belonging and, in recent years, as an alternative to the state as a basis for politics.Gerard Delanty begins this stimulating 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, the complications and critiques of multiculturalism, and its new manifestations within a society where new 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, life-styles and gender. The new edition has been thoroughly updated and includes new material on non-western traditions of community, urban communities, alternative housing, virtual communities. It will provide a deeper analysis on the destruction of community, the academic community, the notion of solidarity and low carbon communities.
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(197mm x 133mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Gerard Delanty
Gerard Delanty is Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.. His books include The Cosmopolitan Imagination (Cambridge University Press 2009), Formations of European Modernity: A Historical and Political Sociology of Europe (Palgrave 2013) and European Heritage: a Critical Re-interpretation (Routledge 2018).