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By Zygmunt Bauman

'Community' is a kind of phrases that feels strong: it really is reliable 'to have a community', 'to be in a community'. And 'community' feels strong as a result of meanings which the be aware conveys, them all promising pleasures, and normally the type of pleasures which we want to adventure yet appear to leave out.

'Community' conveys identical to a hot and comfy position, like a hearth at which we hot our palms on a frosty day. available 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 think secure. 'Community' stands for the type of international which we lengthy to inhabit yet which isn't, unfortunately, on hand to us. at the present time '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 which may lead us there.

yet there's a rate to be paid for the privilege of being in a group. group gives you safety yet turns out to deprive us of freedom, of the perfect to be ourselves. defense and freedom are both useful and coveted values which can be balanced to a point, yet infrequently totally reconciled. the stress among defense and freedom, and among neighborhood and individuality, is not going ever to be resolved. we won't get away the predicament yet we will take inventory of the possibilities and the hazards, and at the very least attempt to steer clear of repeating prior mistakes.

during this very important new publication, Zygmunt Bauman takes inventory of those possibilities and hazards and, in his certain and impressive model, deals a much-needed reappraisal of an idea that has turn into primary to present debates concerning the nature and way forward for our societies.

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