Resurrection of Traditional Communities in Postmodern Societies

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Abstract

Modern societies seem to have recognised the importance of communities and the community capacity to be self reliant, and to reduce burden on the state, at least to some degree. Thus it is hardly surprising that several western countries' current policies have been reverberating with the idea and vision of community responsibilities, participation and decision making. What kind of communities do these policies envision? Can western societies resurrect traditional communities in postmodern societies? To address such questions, this paper argues that though highly challenging, it is possible to rebuild some elements of traditional communities in postmodern societies. In fact, such creation is an ideal world to live in. For that to occur western societies should give adequate time, resources and commitment to it, as they did to create modern societies. Most importantly, they also need to somewhat alter their 'life style': 'When you throw 'individuals' from the window, communities rush in through the door'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-265
Number of pages13
JournalFutures
Volume35
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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