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"The Quest for Community" stands among the most important social critiques ever written. The first book by the man the New York Times calls "one of our most original social thinkers", Robert Nisbet's study explores how individualism and statism have flourished while the primary sources of human community - the family, neighborhoods, the church, and voluntary organizations ...more
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Jason
A worthwhile read. While Nisbet's analysis can and should be challenged at points, his major point that individualism and Statism walk merrily together is needed.
Adrian Colesberry
The paperback I read was called Community and Power, but this was the only one I was able to add and was, I suppose, the original title. The thesis of this book was that leviathan-like governments, starting with the French Revolution, attempted to replace community with the comforts of an intrusive state, creating some kind of unmoored individual who could easily be controlled. Clearly, Nisbet wants us to reclaim community. In a way, he's seen as conservative, but at what point does this become ...more
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American sociologist, professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Vice-Chancellor at the University of California, Riverside and as the Albert Schweitzer Professor at Columbia University.
After serving in the US Army during World War II, when he was stationed on Saipan in the Pacific theatre, Nisbet founded the Department of Sociology at Berkeley, and was briefly Chairman. Nisbet left an e
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“In a highly popular statement, we are told that the family has progressed from institution to companionship. But, as Ortega y Gasset has written, “people do not live together merely to be together. They live together to do something together”. To suppose that the present family, or any other group, can perpetually vitalize itself through some indwelling affectional tie, in the absence of concrete, perceived functions, is like supposing that the comradely ties of mutual aid which grow up incidentally in a militar unit will along outlast a condition in which war is plainly and irrevocably banished . Applied to the family, the argument suggests that affection and personality cultivation can somehow exist in a social vacum, unsupported by the determining goals and ideals of economic and political society.” 4 likes
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