By Gerard Delanty
With this advent to the idea that of neighborhood, Gerard Delanty analyses the origins of the assumption in Western utopian inspiration and as an imagined primitive kingdom equated with conventional societies in classical sociology and anthropology.
content material: neighborhood as an concept: loss and restoration --
group and society: myths of modernity --
city group: locality and belonging --
Political neighborhood: communitarianism and citizenship --
group and distinction: types of multiculturalism --
groups of dissent: the assumption of conversation groups --
Postmodern neighborhood: group past cohesion --
Cosmopolitan neighborhood: among the neighborhood and the worldwide --
digital neighborhood: belonging as conversation --
end: Theorizing group today.
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Social movement examples such as multiculturalism and cyberculture – and much of postmodern culture – suggest a view of culture as cutting across boundaries and generally being more transformative than affirmative. In contrast, however, it is the affirmative aspect of culture that has been the focus in the idea of symbolic construction. The issue is largely whether community is determined by boundary construction, where the identity of the community resides COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY largely in self-other relations or whether community can be determined primarily by ties of belonging.
Communitas is sustained by ‘anti-structure’, when ‘structures’ are resisted. It emerges when anti-structures come into play. Liminal moments are particularly 31 32 COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY important expressions of anti-structure, as in, for instance, countercultural currents: In modern Western society, the values of communitas are strikingly present in the literature and behaviour of what came to be known as the ‘beat generation’, who were succeeded by the ‘hippies’, who, in turn, have a junior division known as the ‘teeny-boppers’.
One expression of this was the idea of the malaise of the social. The legitimating myth of community as a normative foundation of modern society disintegrated. From Nietzsche to Freud, intellectuals and writers began to portray modern society as being in the throes of a malaise. In classical sociology, this tendency is captured by Max Weber’s (1978) metaphor of the ‘iron cage’, Durkheim’s (1952) concern with suicide and the motif of ‘anomie’, and Simmel’s (1968) theory of the ‘tragedy of culture’.