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The Problems of Communitarian Politics: Unity and Conflict

Elizabeth Frazer


Offers a detailed critical analysis of the ideal of ‘community’ in politics. Traces elements of the idea of community in a number of social, philosophical, and political contexts over the last century, exploring how these have been and continue to be articulated in recent political and public policy debates. ‘Community’ is invoked as a justification for reorganization of state institutions, as the source of care and support for individuals, and as an entity that is valuable in its own right and must therefore be sustained and defended. In community development, community action, community care ... More

Keywords: communitarianism, community, conceptual analysis, hermeneutics, political philosophy, politics, public policy, social theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780198295648
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198295642.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Frazer, author
New College, Oxford
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