By Zygmunt Bauman
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'Community' is a kind of phrases that feels reliable: it's sturdy 'to have a community', 'to be in a community'. And 'community' feels reliable a result of meanings which the notice conveys, them all promising pleasures, and typically the type of pleasures which we want to adventure yet appear to miss.
'Community' conveys just like a hot and comfy position, like a hearth at which we hot our palms on a frosty day. in the market, on the street, all types of hazards lie in ambush; in the following, locally, we will be able to chill out and consider secure. 'Community' stands for the type of global which we lengthy to inhabit yet which isn't, unfortunately, on hand to us. this day 'community' is one other identify for paradise misplaced - yet for a paradise which we nonetheless wish to discover, as we feverishly look for the roads that could lead us there.
But there's a expense to be paid for the privilege of being in a group. group provides safeguard yet turns out to deprive us of freedom, of the best to be ourselves. safeguard and freedom are both valuable and coveted values that may be balanced to some extent, yet rarely totally reconciled. the strain among defense and freedom, and among neighborhood and individuality, is not likely ever to be resolved. we can't get away the issue yet we will take inventory of the possibilities and the hazards, and no less than attempt to stay away from repeating previous errors.
In this significant new publication, Zygmunt Bauman takes inventory of those possibilities and hazards and, in his designated and impressive model, bargains a much-needed reappraisal of an idea that has turn into relevant to present debates concerning the nature and way forward for our societies.