By Zygmunt Bauman
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'Community' is a kind of phrases that feels sturdy: it's reliable 'to have a community', 'to be in a community'. And 'community' feels sturdy as a result of the meanings which the notice conveys, them all promising pleasures, and quite often the type of pleasures which we want to adventure yet appear to miss.
'Community' conveys a twin of 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 kinds of hazards lie in ambush; in right here, in the neighborhood, we will be able to sit back and consider secure. 'Community' stands for the type of global 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 desire to discover, as we feverishly look for the roads that can lead us there.
But there's a cost to be paid for the privilege of being in a group. neighborhood gives you defense yet turns out to deprive us of freedom, of the precise to be ourselves. safety and freedom are both invaluable and coveted values which can be balanced to some extent, yet hardly totally reconciled. the strain among safety and freedom, and among neighborhood and individuality, is not likely ever to be resolved. we won't get away the drawback yet we will take inventory of the possibilities and the risks, and no less than try and stay away from repeating earlier errors.
In this significant new publication, Zygmunt Bauman takes inventory of those possibilities and risks and, in his special and outstanding style, bargains a much-needed reappraisal of an idea that has turn into significant to present debates in regards to the nature and way forward for our societies.