By Zygmunt Bauman
'Community' conveys similar to a hot and comfy position, like a fire at which we hot our palms on a frosty day. available in the market, on the street, all kinds of risks lie in ambush; in right here, locally, we will be able to sit back and suppose secure. 'Community' stands for the type of international which we lengthy to inhabit yet which isn't, unfortunately, to be had to us. this 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 which can lead us there.
yet there's a expense to be paid for the privilege of being in a neighborhood. group can provide defense yet turns out to deprive us of freedom, of the proper to be ourselves. protection and freedom are both helpful and coveted values which may be balanced to some extent, yet not often totally reconciled. the stress among protection and freedom, and among group and individuality, is not likely ever to be resolved. we won't get away the drawback yet we will be able to take inventory of the possibilities and the hazards, and a minimum of attempt to keep away from repeating prior errors.
during this very important new e-book, Zygmunt Bauman takes inventory of those possibilities and risks and, in his special and really good type, bargains a much-needed reappraisal of an idea that has develop into relevant to present debates in regards to the nature and way forward for our societies.
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