Conceptualising Community

Beyond the State and Individual

  • Authors
  • David Studdert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. David Studdert
      Pages 1-5
  3. Conceiving Community and Sociality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. David Studdert
      Pages 31-45
    3. David Studdert
      Pages 46-65
    4. David Studdert
      Pages 66-84
  4. Current Conceptions — Problems with Method

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. David Studdert
      Pages 87-113
    3. David Studdert
      Pages 114-132
  5. New Conceptions — Community through Sociality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 133-133
    2. David Studdert
      Pages 158-185
    3. David Studdert
      Pages 186-193
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 194-221

About this book


Community is the dark shadow of sociology - an issue around which sociologists always duck and dive. This book examines the reasons for this reticence through an exegesis of contemporary debates. Additionally it utilizes the work of Hannah Arendt to propose an alternative anti-mechanistic and anti-essentialist approach to community and sociality; an approach that not only moves beyond Foucault and his oppositional work but also offers perhaps the basis for a different approach to politics.


capital community politics social capital sociology trust

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