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w. end ave.: an e-journal of culture and politics  


This issue consists of a five part article on the idea and structure of community. The first section describes the dillemmas posed by one version or another of what has come to be called "communitarianism". The second section reviews why some of the major sociological theories of community prove wanting. The third section provides a minimalist definition of community as a familiar geographical environment. That definition covers all of the phenomena we would care to think of as communities. The fourth section shows that the minimalist definition provides the psychological properties that are associated with more complicated definitions of community. The fifth section shows that social life consists of other social structures than communities, even if we would continue to treat universities, for example, as a community because it is in some ways analagous to a community. The fifth section also shows why the more accurate description of community provided in this issue is of some service to an idea of human freedom.


The purpose of this e-journal is to use in tandem the techniques of literary criticism and social structural analysis to illuminate American politics and the various institutions in American society and sometimes matters more global, like religion or war, by turning an eye on the events and objects and performances that are considered art and entertainment, those defined broadly enough to include whatever is covered in newspapers and other media. Another concern is to pick up the texture of social life, both in the United States and in general, through the analysis of those events, objects and performances that are to be found in everyday life.
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Issue No. 29
December 3, 2007

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A new issue of “w. end ave.: an e-journal of culture and politics” is published once every three weeks or so. It is edited, owned, and where not indicated as otherwise, written by Martin Wenglinsky. The rights to all materials published here are copyright © 2008 by Martin Wenglinsky