The Small Community: Foundation of Democratic Life
In this age of large cities, mass culture, and ever more massive events, people must struggle against an overwhelming crowd of their own creations to maintain human integrity. In this manual for human survival, Arthur E. Morgan offers a solution: peaceful existence in the small, primary community where, more easily than anywhere else, people can find a way to live well. Ultimately striving to show that the small community is "the lifeblood of civilization," this volume examines the political organization, membership, economics, health, and ethics characteristics of small communities.
Like Rousseau before him, Morgan observes that we have less control over our affairs than in the past. In increasing our control of the natural environment, human beings have built a social environment so out of scale that it becomes nearly impossible for people to maintain balance. The struggle now is less with the natural order than with the social order, and preserving human integrity against the plethora of our own creations is the core problem.
The need to rediscover elementary forms of human existence has been accelerated by the efficiencies of centralized control and mass persuasion. In the face of this, small communities or intimate groups become the primary pattern in which human beings must live if the good life is to be a realistic goal. The timely nature of this volume has grown as the electronic displaces the mechanical as a moral rival to human community.
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THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE SMALL COMMUNITY
WHAT Is A COMMUNITY?
MAN Is A COMMUNITY ANIMAL
HISTORY OF THE COMMUNITY
THE PLACE OF THE COMMUNITY IN HUMAN CULTURE
THE RELATION OF THE COMMUNITY T0 LARGER SO CIAL UNITs
THE COMMUNITY IN AMERICA
THE CREATION OF NEW COMMUNITIES
SPECIFIC COMMUNITY INTERESTS
GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIc RELATIONS
COOPERATIVEs As AN EXPRESSION OF COMMUNITY
COMMUNITY SOCIAL SERVICES
SMALL COMMUNITY RECREATION
SOCIAL AND CULTURAL ASPECTS OF COMMUNITY LIFE
AN APPROACH TO A SOLUTION OF THE PROBLEM OF THE COMMUNITY
PART TWO COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION
COMMUNITY DESIGN A
A STUDY OF THE COMMUNITY
THE COMMUNITY COUNCIL