Community: Seeking Safety in an Insecure World (Themes for the 21st Century Series)

Community: Seeking Safety in an Insecure World (Themes for the 21st Century Series)

Zygmunt Bauman


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'Community' is a type of phrases that feels strong: it truly is solid 'to have a community', 'to be in a community'. And 'community' feels strong as a result meanings which the be aware conveys, them all promising pleasures, and in most cases the type of pleasures which we wish to event yet appear to miss.

'Community' conveys similar to a hot and cozy position, like a fire at which we hot our fingers on a frosty day. in the market, on the street, all kinds of risks lie in ambush; in the following, in the neighborhood, we will sit back and believe secure. 'Community' stands for the type of international which we lengthy to inhabit yet which isn't, unfortunately, to be had to us. this present 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 rate to be paid for the privilege of being in a group. group offers safety yet turns out to deprive us of freedom, of the perfect to be ourselves. safeguard and freedom are both beneficial and coveted values that can be balanced to some extent, yet rarely absolutely reconciled. the strain among protection and freedom, and among neighborhood and individuality, is not likely ever to be resolved. we won't break out the difficulty yet we will take inventory of the possibilities and the hazards, and no less than try and keep away from repeating earlier errors.

In this significant new booklet, Zygmunt Bauman takes inventory of those possibilities and risks and, in his special and significant type, bargains a much-needed reappraisal of an idea that has develop into vital to present debates concerning the nature and way forward for our societies.

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