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The Problems of Communitarian Politics : Unity and Conflict - Elizabeth Frazer

The Problems of Communitarian Politics

Unity and Conflict

Paperback Published: 1st February 2000
ISBN: 9780198295648
Number Of Pages: 296

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The book offers a detailed critical analysis of the ideal of 'community' in politics. The book traces elements of the idea of community in a number of social and philosophical contests over the last century, explaining how these are articulated in very recent political and public policy debates. 'Community' is invoked as a justification for re-organisation of state institutions as the source of care, and support for individuals, and as an entity which is valuable in its own right, and needs itself to be sustained and defended. In community development, community action, community care, and community politics, the tensions and contradictions within the concept are often invariably felt community is both inclusive and exclusive; both organised and unstructured; and both hierarchical and egalitarian. The book argues that analyses of the concept of 'community' shows the role of ideas and ideals in shaping political actions, the barriers to the realization of community in practical contexts, and ultimately the untenability of the ideal itself.

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Not only has Frazer made an important contribution to communitarian theory...but she has contributed to all those other bodies of literature that have, hitherto, used an under theorized notion of community. The analysis is rigorous and methodical, the organization clear, and the writing lucid. This book would be a useful contribution for anyone interested in liberalism or communitarianism, in both theory and practice * - American Political Science Review *

Introduction Communitarianism, Philosophical and Political The Concept of Community Interpretation, Politics, and Community Social Constructionism Locality, Community and Politics Political Communitarianism and Family Life The Idea of a Political Community

ISBN: 9780198295648
ISBN-10: 0198295642
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 1st February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.58
Weight (kg): 0.43

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