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Communitarianism: The New Panacea?

Otto Newman and Richard De Zoysa
Sociological Perspectives
Vol. 40, No. 4 (1997), pp. 623-638
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/1389466
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1389466
Page Count: 16
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Communitarianism: The New Panacea?
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Abstract

Social discontent has focused strongly on the loss of community life. Differentiation and polarization are widely deplored. Communitarianism, for a while, gave promise of healing the breach. Its program of restoring communal bonds by shoring up the moral, social, and political fabric attracted support of major political figures in all parts of the world. However, after its early startling success, the momentum proved to be short lived. The movement's disinclination to confront issues head-on, together with its reliance on personal exhortation rather than social reform, has led to decline. More recent approaches have opened up avenues of social reform. Redirecting emphasis on issues such as the widening inequality gap, the rise of the underclass, plus "the disappearance of work" could well bring Communitarianism back to the fore. /// [Spanish] El descontento social se ha centrado fuertemente en la pérdida de la vida comunitaria. La diferenciación y polarización son ampliamente deploradas. El comunitarismo, por un tiempo, prometió reconstruir el puente. Su programa para restaurar los lazos comunales a travéz de apuntalar la moral y la estructura social y política atrajo el apoyo de altas figuras políticas en todas partes del mundo. Sin embargo, después de su sorprendente éxito, el ímpetu demostró ser efimero. La aversión de los movimientos para confrontar los problemas de frente, aunados a su dependencia en la exhortación personal, en lugar de una reforma social, ha conducido a su decaimiento. Algunos planteamientos recientes han abierto avenidas de reforma social. El comunitarismo bien podría regresar al foro si se retomaran algunos problemas como la brecha profunda de la inequidad, el incremento de la subclase, además de "la desaparición del trabajo." /// [Chinese] (Unicode for Chinese abstract). /// [Japanese] (Unicode for Japanese abstract).

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