The Value of Locality
Since the early 1980s political theory has been dominated by the debate about ‘communitarianism’ (Avineri and de-Shalit 1992). In the academic context, communitarianism engages critically with recent Anglo-US liberalism, especially its emphasis on individualism. More recently, communitarian ideas and values have taken a central place in mainstream UK politics.2 References to communitarianism and invocations of the value of community reflect a widespread fear, to the left, right and centre of the political spectrum, that market individualism threatens to atomise society.
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