The Seductions of Community : Emancipations, Oppressions, Quandaries

The Seductions of Community : Emancipations, Oppressions, Quandaries

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The concept of "community" is ubiquitous in the way we talk and think about life in the twenty-first century. Political and economic projects from rainforest conservation to urban empowerment zones focus on "the community" as the appropriate vehicle and target of change. Some scholars see a decline of community and predict dire social consequences; others criticize the concept itself for its ideological baggage and lack of clear definition. Moving the debate to a deeper level, the contributors to this volume aspire to understand the various ways "community" is deployed and the work it performs in different contexts. They compare the many cases where scholars and activists use "community" generically with instances in which the notion of community is less pervasive or even non-existent. How does a community facilitate governance or capital accumulation? In what ways does it articulate these two forces in local and translocal contexts? What are the unintended consequences of deploying the concept--and what, too, are the potential consequences of criticizing our fascination with it? The essays demonstrate the critical value of using community as the focus of analysis, rather than simply an empty category of heuristic or descriptive convenience.

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Author(s)
Gerald W. Creed, Peter Brosius, Kate Crehan, Miranda Joseph, Aisha Khan, Susan H. Lees, Gyanendra Pandey, Mary Weismantel, Michael Watts
Format
Paperback | 348 pages
Dimensions
210.82 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 453.59g
Publication date
30 Jun 2006
Publisher
SAR Press
Imprint
School of American Research Press,U.S.
Publication City/Country
Santa Fe, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
1930618697
ISBN13
9781930618695
Bestsellers rank
2,929,213