Iadicola, Peter; Ashton, Patrick J.
February 1987
Humanity & Society;Feb87, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p80
Academic Journal
The article studies the history and struggle of a neighborhood association in its attempts to define, build, and defend a community. The neighborhood was predominantly black and located in the central section of a medium size city in the Midwestern region of the United States. The concept of community has occupied a position of traditional importance in sociology, in both historical and theoretical terms. Yet, for all this usage the concept retains ambiguous. Inequality and hierarchy in the society are natural and necessary for the proper functioning of the social order. The central values of the organic conservative perspective are authority, order, and tradition. Social change is viewed with suspicion from this perspective, for it is seen as essentially disruptive to the social order. Individualist conservativism or classical liberalism was the dominant perspective of capitalism during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Community as a concept is not one to be abandoned, but rather it is naive use of the concept that needs to be abandoned.


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