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Community
Community

Community is a word almost impossible to utter with hostility. It is also, like so many of our concepts, so generally applied to such differing conditions that it is difficult to see how it can carry such a heavy weight of value. Thus, newspapers regularly speak of the community of nations, large disparate groups scattered through the society are associated in terms of belief, employment or geography as communities (‘the Muslim community’, ‘the fishing community’, ‘the village community’), although in every case one can detect an appeal to a higher and well-acknowledged value.

This is the value given to direct, close and immediate social relations. The word itself expresses the commonness of the qualities implied, and community is counterposed to society as meaning those direct, ...

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