The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-05
  • Publisher: Isi Books

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The Quest for Community, published in 1953, stands as one of the most persuasive accounts of the dilemmas confronting modern society.

Author Biography

Robert Nisbet (1913–1996) was a professor at Columbia University and the author of The Sociological Tradition, The Social Bond, The Present Age, and other books.

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Background Editionp. vii
Preface to the First Editionp. xvii
Preface to the 1970 editionp. xxi
Community and the Problem of Order
The Loss of Communityp. 1
The Image of Communityp. 19
The Problem of Communityp. 39
The State and Community
History as the Decline of Communityp. 69
The State as Revolutionp. 91
Sovereignty and Associationp. 113
The Political Communityp. 141
The Total Communityp. 173
Community and the Problem of Freedom
The Problem of Liberalismp. 195
The Contexts of Individualityp. 207
The Contexts of Democracyp. 229
Conclusionp. 259
Critical Essays
The State and Fading Communityp. 263
Modernity's New World Dangersp. 273
The Enduring Achievement and Unfinished Work of Robert Nisbetp. 289
References and Notesp. 305
Indexp. 321
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